Analysis Of Two Friends By Guy De Maupassant

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In my perspective the friendship, shown in “Two Friends” by Guy de Maupassant is presented more realistically. The following quote supports my statement, “Some days they did not speak. Sometimes they did; but they understood one another admirably without saying anything because they had similar tastes and responded to their surroundings in exactly the same way.” (Maupassant, 1234). Through this quote, I can relate to the friendship between Monsieur Morissot and Monsieur Sauvage because I have similar friendships. My friend and I do not need to speak much to each other, to know what the other is thinking or feeling. However, the friendship shown in “Damon and Pythias” is a legend. A legend is “a story from the past that is believed by many…show more content…
Dionysus, while he was asleep, dreamt that a man in town wanted to kill him, so he instantly had that man killed. “It happened that Pythias had, quite unjustly, been accused by Dionysus of trying to overthrow him, and for this supposed crime of treason Pythias was sentenced by the king to die.”(Russell, 1230). Pythias had to settle his affairs before the day of his execution, Dionysus was reluctant to let him go unless Pythias had someone to take his place in case he did not come back within the stated time for the execution. In “Two Friends” the main force opposing their friendship was the Prussian army. While Monsieur Morissot and Monsieur Sauvage were leisurely fishing and having a conversation, Maupassant quotes: “But they shuddered in terror when they realized that someone had just come up behind them, and looking around they saw four men standing almost at their elbows, four tall men, armed….pointing rifles at them.” (Maupassant, 1238). The German officer said that if they told him the password, he would pardon them. But the two friends had gone pale and silent, and their hands were trembling. A Prussian officer dragged Morissot aside and whispered to him to tell him the password. If he revealed the password, the officer would relent, and his friend would never know that the password was revealed. The Prussian officer offered the same deal to Monsieur Sauvage. “They…show more content…
“Greek mythology, as in other ancient cultures, was used as a means to explain the environment in which humankind lived, the natural phenomena they witnessed and the passing of time through the days, months, and seasons. To the ancients the meaning of the story was most important, not the literal truth of the details of a certain version of a tale.” (Cartwright,ancient.eu). On the other hand, “France is a very nationalistic country, which prides itself on being the best.”(acad.depauw.edu). In “Two Friends” Nationalism, affected the friendship shown in “Two Friends” based upon the idea that based on the premise that the loyalty of an individual and the devotion to the nation-state is more important that the individual. The French worldview is closer to my own worldview because if you love your country wholeheartedly, you would want to die for your own

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