Guy de Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant whose real name was Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant was known as the greatest French short story writer. He was born in the Château de Miromesnil, Dieppe on August 5 1850 and died forty years later on the sixth of July. He studied law in Paris but he decided to volunteer in the army during the Franco-Prussian War at the age of twenty. Then, started his career as a civil servant in 1872 to 1880. He already showed his interest in literature since he was in junior high school. Then, recognizing himself a poet, he started writing. His first debut was Des Vers (1880) and in the same year, Soirées de Medan and Boule de Suif were published. Des Vers became popular at that time and it opened the gate for Maupassant to enter literature world. Guy de Maupassant‘s skill of writing was undeniable. His literature works were marked by objectivity and highly controlled style. He, sometimes, also put sheer comedy into the story he wrote. One of his style which was easily recognized was the way he took simple everyday life and revealed the hidden sides of it. Almost all of his novels and short stories had an exploding unexpected ending. He always gave us a certain feeling and prejudice then changed it at the end of his story.
Bellflower took place in a village which Maupassant described as a large village but not too large to be called a town. This village was a few hundred off and nestled round a black bridge church. As what has been mentioned in the previous paragraph, there were three stages of plot in this story. This was what made it a bit complicated. The first stage was when the mature writer described his feeling of being haunted by his own memory. The second stage was when the writer retold his childhood memory about Mother Bellflower. Then, the third stage was the when the writer retold the story he heard from the medical man about the chronology of how Bellflower lost her leg when she was young. Mostly, the setting of the story was in the writer’s house. Hearing the word house probably gives us the tone of warmness and affection. When we are in our own house, we would get the happy feeling of gathering with our family and friends. This was probably what Maupassant tried to give which was the atmosphere of kinship. In the story, the closeness of Mother Bellflower and the writer was stated clearly. The writer also considered the lady as his second mother. This was the value of kinship. Then, another tone was rigidity which Mother Bellflower showed throughout her attitude. Sadness, astounding, and shocking tone appeared when the writer found the lady dead in the linen room. It gives us the atmosphere of sorrow.