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Christian Hagans Exercise 3 ENG 103 Professor Nott June 2, 2018 Maupassant, Guy de. “Mother Savage.” Classic Reader . April 7, 2009 . The short story “Mother Savage”, written by Guy de Maupassant, takes place in the countryside of Virelogne, France during the Franco-Prussian War, late 19 th Century. Mother Savage lives alone in an isolated dwelling outside of the town. She is a fierce person who lives comfortably and independently. Her husband was killed by the gendarmes and her deeply loved son enlisted in the army to fight against the Prussians. 1. The plot begins when her son leaves after becoming enlisted in the army. After a Prussian force invades the town of Virelogne, four soldiers are billeted in the woman’s home. The live comfortably with her until Mother Savage learns that her son has been killed at the front. She then burns down her house with the sleeping soldiers locked inside. She then confesses and is executed by a German patrol. Mother Savage has two main motives. The first is to avenge her dead son. She feels that the four Prussian soldiers in her home are responsible, and plans their murder. The other motive for Mother Savage’s act is that she wants the mothers of the young soldiers to suffer in the same way. The reason she confesses, rather than trying to escape, is that she no longer has a reason for living. The story is also a commentary on war and how it destroys the lives of soldiers and civilians. It also gives us an example of blood vengeance—a once honored means of justice .
Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Chart Title Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Maupassant, Guy de. “Mother Savage.” Classic Reader . April 7, 2009 . The short story “Mother Savage”, written by Guy de Maupassant, takes place in the countryside of Virelogne, France during the Franco-Prussian War, late 19 th Century. Mother Savage lives alone in an isolated dwelling outside of the town. She is a fierce person who lives comfortably and independently. Her husband was killed by the gendarmes and her deeply loved son enlisted in the army to fight against the Prussians.

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