Review Of ' Two Friends By Guy De Maupassant ' How Much Land Does A Man Need ``

1180 Words Feb 16th, 2016 5 Pages
The presence of challenging circumstances in literature, in most cases, serves the purpose of teaching the reader a lesson. Authors use these lessons to illustrate the ideas and messages they are attempting to shine light on in their works. Writers will often use the assistance of a character’s persona, as well as, a character’s response to the difficult situation that they encounter in a story in order for the lesson to be better perceived by the reader. The ideas and messages are meant to, in turn, better the reader by learning important ethic principles from the text. One critic, Philippe Radley, explains Leo Tolstoy’s tactic in his writing, “He portrayed cause and effect, in sequence.” Every action always results in either a positive or negative reaction. Authors use this principle in order to build a scenario in which a lesson can be demonstrated. In the stories of “Two Friends” written by Guy de Maupassant, “How Much Land Does A Man Need” written by Leo Tolstoy, and “A Problem” written by Anton Chekhov, the central character(s) go through difficulties that allow the illustrations of some important lessons. In the first story of “Two Friends” written by Guy de Maupassant, the reader is shown the lesson that it is not always easy to do what is right. After French citizens, M. Morissot and M. Sauvage, find themselves being captured and withheld on an island by Prussian soldiers, a Prussian officer threatens them, “ But—since you came out past the outposts you have, of…

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