Martin Guerre's Wife Analysis

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For instance, when she writes about Martin Guerre’s impotence, she cites the sources that give insight to his family relations, his impotence (and that he was bewitched), and how Bertrandes’ parents tried to push her into annulling the marriage. This information is documented in Coras’ court files. Yet Davis “fills” in her own interpretation and guesswork to make the narrative of Martin Guerre’s importence much more compelling; she writes about how he was bullied as a child because of his name, his difficulty of finding a male identity in a family dominated by women, and his conflicted partaking in the French folk customs. This example illustrates how Davis uses general historical knowledge and facts to strengthen her arguments about the individual
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