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story of Two Friends
Review of "Two Friends"
The short story, "Two Friends," written by Guy
de Maupassant takes place during a war. It is about two friends who escape
the troubles of the war and the hard times by fishing. They are close friends
who meet up every sunday to go fish on a little river, right by the Siene.
The two friends are fullty aware of the war and the violence going on but
pay no attention to it. Through many times in the short story, the two
main characters, Monsieur Sauvage and Monsieur Morissot comment on how
beautiful the weather is or how amazing the sky looks that day. The two
friends go into their own world while they are fishing. Maupassant writes
"the sun poured its rays on their backs; they no longer heard anything
thought of anything. They ignored the rest of the world; they were fishing."
This shows that while the rest of the world was at war, suffering, losing
loved ones, fighting for their country, Morissot and Sauvage dont pay attention.
Everything else dissapears because they are fishing. Fishing in this story
symbolizes an escape, freedom or some kind of peace. The war does not affect
the two friends for a while. One afternoon they go to many different stores.
They go to a resturaunt and then to get something to drink. After they
get thier drinks, they decide to go ask a friend if they can get into a
certain place to fish. They get the permission from the friend and go down
to the river to fish. While they are sitting there fishing, the two friends
discuss the war. They say how it really doesnt matter to them, and how
they know it will blow over. Morissot says: "Under a king we have foreign
wars; under a republic we have civil war." This shows the two's view on
the war. After fishing for a while, the two are surprised by a german soldier.
He takes the two to the other side of the river to a head officer. The
German Officer tells the two friends that he thinks they are spies and
that he wants the password. He thinks the two have "the password" and threatens
to kill the two. The two do not have a password to give him and thereforem,
after their goodbyes, are shot and thrown in the river. After they
are thrown in the river the german soldier took the fish they had caught
and ordered for them to be cooked. The fish, as said before, symbolizes
the two friends escape, freedom and peace. Once the german soldier orders
for them to be cooked, it symbolizes the officer killing the two friends'
freedome and peace. They are not peacefull anymore. They were innocent
victems in the war. I would highly recomend this short story. It was a
very interesting story and gives you a different view on many topics.