In "The Piece of String," written by Guy de Maupassant, Maitre Hauchecorne picks up a piece of string that get him into a world of trouble. Maitre Hauchecorne is criticized unrelentingly for having picked up a piece of string. Hauchecorne is blamed for picking up a wallet instead of his small innocent piece of string, which eventually leads to his death. Hauchecorne dies from the injustice pressure of society, and also his enemy. His non-ability to handle not being forgiven, also contributes to his death.
The society was a big part in Hauchecorne's death because they did not believe him. Maitre Malandain, Hauchecorne's rival, told the authorities that Hauchecorne had picked up a lost wallet. The mayor questioned Hauchecorne but did not believe that he had picked up a piece of string out of the mud. The mayor said, " You'll never persuade me, Maitre Hauchecorne, that Monsieur Malandain, who is a man who can be trusted, mistook that piece of string for a wallet" . From what the mayor said it is clear that Hauchecorne was not trusted by society. It is as if Hauchecorne was not trusted by society before the incident with the piece of string. This may indicate that Hauchecorne is poor. Hauchecorne could have been trying to gain the societies trust by repeating the story over and over again. Checkov afflicts most of his characters with such flaws as laziness, hypocrisy, pretentiousness, and seld-destructivness which is apparent through the behaviors of both Hauchecorne and Maladain
Maitre Hauchecorne personally killed himself by insisting that society forgives him. Hauchecorne is living a lie and he cannot stand it. "Checkov's stories frequently illustrate situations of hardship, boredom, and mundane suffering Â two of which are illustarted through Maitre Hauchecorne's behavior. He tells his story to make himself feel better and to tell everybody he did not do it. Nobody believes Hauchecorne and that makes h... Continue Reading