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What are the conditions for women in Germinal?

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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 the novel are rather bleak, however, they are not entirely disparate as they are in quite a few other texts.

In Zola's work, the women have a level of control and freedom not often exercised in the time, as they engage very freely in sexual relations and in some cases the women even work. Zola's intent was to paint a very realistic picture of men and women of the time, not to idealize any individual or to disparage anyone. Interestingly, women in poverty in historical times were often more equal to men than their...

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