The theme of “The Piece of String” is the injustice of humanity. Maupassant frequently wrote stories about selfishness, envy, wickedness, spite, greed and other negative human qualities.Know More
In Maupassant’s world, virtually everyone is perfidious, a liar and a phony. He persuades his reader to accept his contention that cunning, ferocity, greed and coarseness are more common among men that one would like to accept. As a writer, he appears tormented at man’s painful state of spiritual loneliness, of the bar which separates man from his fellow men, and of the fact that one’s loneliness is more painfully experienced the nearer one is to others.
In “The Piece of String,” an entire village makes a humble man’s life miserable by accusing him of theft. He tries relentlessly, but unsuccessfully, to persuade them that he was merely picking up a piece of string. The villagers refuse to believe him not as much because they are convinced of his guilt, but rather because they enjoy venting their spite on this humble, defenseless man.
Maupassant was profoundly influenced by the pessimistic German philosopher, Artur Schopenhauer, who had an even lower opinion of human nature. "The Piece of String" might be compared with Shirley Jackson's story "The Lottery" and with Maupassant's famous story "Boule de Suif," according to eNotes.com.Learn more about Fine Art
The main characters in Maupassant's "The Necklace" are Mathilde Loisel and her husband, M. Loisel. The other characters include Mme. Jeanne Forestier, M. Georges Ramponneau and a jeweler. The story is set in France in the 19th century.Full Answer >
In art, texture appeals to the sense of touch and is the tactile feeling of an art piece. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art forms use texture to convey themes of the work.Full Answer >
Solomon Saprid was a Philippine artist known for his bronze sculptures that involved welding scraps of metal together, making the piece look jagged. Saprid was born on March 13, 1917. He began his career as a scientific illustrator and a textbook illustrator. He worked in the Audio Visual Department of the Federation of Christian Churches and then he taught at the University of the East.Full Answer >
As defined by Russian mystic George Gurdjieff, objective art is any painting, poem, piece of music or other artistic work created with deliberate conscious effort, free of subjective influence. Gurdjieff cites the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and the Taj Mahal as two major examples of objective art.Full Answer >