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How does Emile Zola portray Marxism in his novel Germinal?

Like many intellectuals, Zola sees Marxism as a useful tool for analyzing capitalist society and its defects but less useful as a means of realizing concrete social change. In Germinal, Zola sees...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2017 10:42 am UTC

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In Germinal, by Emile Zola, based on what happens in the novel, who represents the miners’ best hope: Etienne...

It can be argued that author Zola presented Etienne Lantier as not only the miners' best hope but the peoples' best hope. One piece of evidence can be seen in the fact that, despite the fact that...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2014 7:42 am UTC

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What are the conditions for women in Germinal?

The novel Germinal by Emile Zola chronicles the lives of coal miners working in the impoverished mining town of Montsou, in the north of France. Living in poverty, the conditions for everyone in...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2019 11:59 am UTC

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In what ways is the theme of light and dark explored in Germinal by Zola?

There are several ways in which the theme of light and dark is explored in Emile Zola's Naturalistic novel Germinal. Given that the setting of the novel is built around multiple small villages and...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2011 5:09 am UTC

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Compare the lives of Catherine and Cécile in Germinal by Émile Zola.

In part two, chapter one of Germinal by Émile Zola we meet the Grégoires, a mine-owning family, and they are perhaps the most disconnected from the realities of mining of anyone in this novel....

Latest answer posted December 5, 2013 7:11 pm UTC

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Why did Zola call the novel Germinal? What is "germinating"?

Germinal looks backward and forward, in both ways with hope, and it acts as a warning to the upper classes to get their act together and start treating the laboring poor with more decency. Looking...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2017 11:45 am UTC

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Zola wrote Germinal in the time of the French industrial period and revolution. How does this compare to the English...

This is a really perceptive question that forces us to put the story into its historical context. You are right, Germinal is set during the time of French industrialization and the Industrial...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2015 12:57 pm UTC

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In Germinal by Emile Zola, what are three reasons to support whose approach represents the miners' best hope--...

Etienne Lantier, the protagonist in Germinal by Emile Zola, supports the miner's best hope in overthrowing the unfair mine owners and their unfair treatment of the miners. The miners are forced to...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018 8:11 pm UTC

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In Germinal, how does Zola compare the lives of the miners to the mine owners?

Emil Zola's novel Germinal is a Naturalistic novel which illustrates the power and importance of nature. Repeatedly personified, the mine (the center image of the novel) is referred to as a beast...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2013 10:34 pm UTC

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How does Etienne change during the course of Germinal by Emile Zola? Based on what happens in the novel, who...

The conditions of the miners and their families in Emile Zola depicts for us in Germinal are generally accepted as being realistic: life for the French coal miners was miserable, base, and short....

Latest answer posted October 27, 2013 7:50 pm UTC

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What mine does Monsieur Hennebeau own in Germinal by Émile Zola?

Monsieur Hennebeau is manager and part owner of Le Voreux in Germinal by Émile Zola. It is the central mining operation of the novel, the place we learn so well because the primary characters of...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2013 5:44 pm UTC

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I need to compare and contrast narrative and description in novels. Can you give examples of descriptive passages and...

To be effective, descriptive passages usually incorporate the five senses in imagery: taste (gustatory), smell (olfactory), hearing (auditory), touch (cutaneous or tactile), and sight (visual)....

Latest answer posted January 20, 2016 2:39 pm UTC

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Emile Zola began his novel Germinal with the intention of showing how Étienne had inherited his parents' alcoholism....

The modern textbook definition of alcoholism centers on the frequent craving to imbibe. In many ways, this definition has likely held firm for centuries and across many cultures. Take a look at the...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2016 7:09 pm UTC

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In Germinal by Emile Zola, how realistic is it that a man's hands would be bleeding from the lash of the wind if he...

In chapter one of Germinal by Emile Zola, we meet the protagonist of the story. For a time we do not know his name, but eventually we learn that he is Etienne Lantier, an out-of-work Frenchman who...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2013 12:18 am UTC

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Is there significance behind the animals in Germinal?

Emil Zola was the author responsible for the Naturalist movement in literature. As member of the branch of the Realist movement, Zola believed that nature was far more powerful than man....

Latest answer posted November 24, 2012 11:54 pm UTC

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I'm looking for a central topic of comparison/discussion for a dissertation on Germinal and L'Assommoir by Emile...

For your dissertation on Germinal and L'Assommoir by Émile Zola, you might consider comparing the plight of the working class, a topic quite prevalent in both novels. Comparisons and discussion...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2019 2:48 pm UTC

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Compare the lives of the Hennebeaus to the lives of the miners in Germinal by Émile Zola.

Monsieur Hennebeau is an owner and director of the mine, and of course he and his wife live in a much different way than the miners who work for him. It is this disparity which is at the core of...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2013 3:25 am UTC

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Compare the lives of the characters who own and manage the mining operations with the characters who work in the...

Emile Zola is renowned as one of the original authors in the style of Naturalism. His novel, Germinal, is a preeminent example of Naturalism. Within the Naturalistic text, nature (often...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2013 12:15 am UTC

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What ideologies are discussed in this book?

The main ideology behind Germinal is forceful disagreement with the corruption of the aristocracy in France and the mistreatment of the lower classes in France during the Industrial Revolution. In...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2015 1:15 am UTC

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What does this book, Germinal, teach us about France in the late 19th century?

What Germinal teaches about France in the late 1800s (late 19th century) is that, like England and the United States, France's workers were struggling under the impoverishment imposed by mining and...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2013 10:08 pm UTC

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how can i get the chapter summary from the novel ?

Are you referring to a specific novel? For novels in general enotes offers great summaries on chapters. However, as a teacher I recommend reading the entire novel because summaries are good for...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2012 7:21 pm UTC

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Are there any real good guys in Germinal by Émile Zola?

In short, the answer to your question is no, there are no pure "good guys" in Germinal by Emile Zola--but only if you define "good guys" a certain way. It is true that there are no really...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2013 7:11 pm UTC

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What are several specific instances of class antagonism within Germinal?

The theme of class conflict pervades the entire novel. The miners and the mine owners are perennial class antagonists, with the working-class miners strongly contrasted to the owners. The...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 5:45 am UTC

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