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Damian Page 1 Pablo K. Damian Professor Donna Connolly ENG 102 20 April 2019 ENG 102 Paper 2 It is never easy to contemplate the end-of-life, whether its own our experience or that of a loved one. The theme of loss is particularly common throughout all pieces of literature from Shakespeare to Guy De Maupassant to present day. Loss can be interpreted in so many different ways whether it be loss of actual life, of one’s social status, or possessive items. Susan Glaspell and Guy De Maupassant show us how the women in both their short stories dealt with their loss having an abundant amount of love for them. They tried to handle it to the best of their ability for a short while bottling up their emotions, but eventually they were brought to a breaking point. The women in both, "A Jury of Peers" by Susan Glaspell and "Mother Sauvage" by Guy De Maupassant experience loss forcing them to act in a way they normally wouldn't. Victorie Simon in Guy De Maupassant's "Mother Sauvage" lead a different but similar life to that of Mrs. Wright in "A Jury of of Peers" by Susan Glaspell, both women were forced to acclimate to their own situations. During the Franco-Prussian War, the locals were expected to house members of the Prussian army. Due to her husband's death and son's enlistment, Victorie Simon was forced to live with four Prussian soldiers, "Four were allotted to the old woman.” (Maupassant) The four Prussian men treated Simon with a gentle and kind regard, performing many household task such as cleaning, cooking, chopping wood, etc. “They would be seen cleaning the kitchen, rubbing the tiles, splitting wood, peeling potatoes, doing up all the
Damian Page 2 housework like four good sons around their mother.” (Maupassant) It was almost as if she had four sons. Although Simon did not ask for these four men to be placed in her home and act like one from her household they were due to the War. Guy De Maupassant demonstrates that she was helplessly placed into an unwanted situation for which she had to adapt.

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