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Full study guide for this title currently under development. To be notified when we launch a full study guide, please contact us. The Wife of Martin Guerreby American author and poet Janet Lewis, follows a stranger who comes to town claiming to be the long-lost husband of a local noblewoman, Bertrande de Rols.
The novel was adapted into a major motion picture in Its themes include deception, love, loyalty, and betrayal. The novel is narrated in the third person, often from the vantage point of Bertrande. The Wife of Martin Guerre is widely admired by critics for its beautiful prose and humanism.
The novel opens with Bertrande, eleven years old, marrying the nobleman Martin Guerre, then a teenager, in in the French countryside town of Artigues. Martin is an abusive, imperious husband. Despite his brutish ways, Bertrande remains loyal to her husband and to her family, as well as devoutly devoted to God.
May 14, · The villagers who knew him as a young man suspect he is not Martin, but he seems to know all about his friends, his family and his wife, even the most unusual things. Is this man really Martin Guerre?/10(K). The Wife of Martin Guerre - Kindle edition by Janet Lewis, Kevin Haworth. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Wife of Martin Guerre/5(35). The Wife of Martin Guerre, Janet Lewis’s most celebrated novel, has drawn comparisons with the greatest short novels in American literature.
She and Martin have a child. Martin and his father who is also a brute get into a heated argument. But he never comes back. With Martin gone, the local nobility is on edge. It has been eight years since his abrupt departure. He looks enough like Martin that the entire family, including Bertrande, welcomes him back with hugs and tears.
Betrande is mostly thankful for his reappearance because she believes his return will make the atmosphere around the manor less angst-ridden. However, as Bertrande talks to Martin, she senses that something about him is off. His shoulders seem wider and his beard is thicker, but it has been so long since Bertrande last saw Martin that she believes though not entirely that this is him.
With Martin back, morale around the village skyrockets.
Her youngest son is happy to see his father again, and everyone exclaims how wonderful it is that Martin has returned. Martin and Bertrande sleep together, and soon she has a second son.
The young man now never loses his temper, and he speaks with consideration toward others. The priest assures her that Martin just had to grow up in order to step out of that rash behavior typical of young men, especially teenagers. Nearly a hundred people testify, mostly to supply evidence that the returned Martin is the real Martin.
During the courtroom proceedings, the actual Martin Guerre returns to town. Though he is haggard from wandering around Europe, all of the villagers instantly recognize him.
They then turn to the one person who has known him intimately: If Bertrande tells the truth, she will remain under the jurisdiction of an awful, abusive man.
But if she lies, she believes she will go to Hell. Ultimately, she tells the truth. True to his irascible character, Martin Guerre blames Bertrande for having allowed the imposter to take his place for the past three years. He says that his reputation will forever be besmirched because she let herself sleep with another man, and has had another child he now has to look after.
The investigation eventually turns up the truth: As impersonation was easier to accomplish in the sixteenth century, the crime was also more severe, often execution. Martin Guerre eagerly supports this punishment, but Bertrande is distressed to see anyone executed, especially a man who has shown her great kindness.
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The Wife of Martin Guerre, Janet Lewis’s most celebrated novel, has drawn comparisons with the greatest short novels in American literature. May 14, · The villagers who knew him as a young man suspect he is not Martin, but he seems to know all about his friends, his family and his wife, even the most unusual things.
Is this man really Martin Guerre?/10(K).
Martin Guerre, a French peasant of the 16th century, was at the center of a famous case of imposture. Several years after Martin Guerre had left his wife, child, and village, a man claiming to be him reappeared. He lived with Guerre's wife and son for three years.
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