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"A Dead Woman's Secret" By Guy de Maupassant

By Gracie Groover and Tierra Acoff

Gracie Groover

on 27 September 2011

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Transcript of "A Dead Woman's Secret" By Guy de Maupassant

"A Dead Woman's Secret" By Guy de Maupassant Characterization Mood Setting Point of View Symbolism Tone Irony Theme 3rd Person; Omniscent In their cottage, in France in the 1800s Neutral Foreshadowing Plot Sad
Angry Dramatic Irony; The mother knew she had a secret lover while the children did not The Judge, her son, is a dynamic character because he starts with love and ends with anger and shame.
"Then the Judge, still kneeling, his head buried in the bed clothes, cried in a voice altered by grief and deadened by the sheets and blankets: 'Mamma, mamma, mamma!' " 2nd quote for Judge: "--Severing the tie that united her to son and daughter, he said slowly: 'Let us now retire, sister.' " Sister Eulalie is a flat character because she still loves her mother after they find the secret letters.
"And his sister, frantically striking her forehead against the woodwork, convulsed, twitching and trembling as in an epileptic fit, moaned: 'Jesus, Jesus, mamma, Jesus!' " 2nd quote for Sister Eulalie: "Sister Eulalie, interrupting herself, said suddenly: 'These ought to be put in the grave with her; they ought to be used as a shroud and she ought to be buried in it.' " The mother is a round character because she is the main character.
"She had, from childhood up, armed them with a strict moral code, teaching them religion, without weakness, and duty, without compromise."
2nd Quote: "They recalled to each other circumstances, words, smiles, intonations of the mother who was no longer to speak to them." Figurative Language Rising Action: The children decide to read their mother's old letters and find a surprising discovery. Resolution: The children never thought the same of their mother again. Climax: The children find out their beloved mother had a secret lover. Falling Action: The son, Judge, is so ashamed that he takes his sister and never admits relation to his mother again. Exposition: The Mother dies Don't go snooping; You might not like what you find. "Out of the drawer they took about ten little packages of yellow paper, tied with care and arranged one beside the other." This quote symbolizes her morals and makes you think about why she had the lover; "She had, from childhood up, armed them with a strict moral code, teaching them religion, without weakness, and duty, without compromise." None
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