Émile Zola Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Émile Zola Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Émile Zola’s novels, from first to last, may be justly characterized as representing his lifelong quest for truth and its exposition—the truth of human situations and circumstances, of social conditions and of the conventions of his society, of the innermost fears, desires, aspirations, horrors, depravities, and exultations of humanity. As the founder of the naturalist school, Zola attempted to apply the methods of natural science as they emerged in the mid-nineteenth century to the writing of fiction, regarding himself as an “experimental novelist” and “practical sociologist” who took into account both heredity and environment in presenting his characters. Among the notions he espoused and eclectically applied to his...

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