Emile Zola Essays

  • The Act of Revolting: Germinal by Emile Zola

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    Germinal, written by Emile Zola is about a man, Etienne, who receives a mining job at Le Voreux, a coal mine. While working, Etienne discovers the harsh working conditions, and the malnourishment men and women have. As the status of these workers continues to deplete, Etienne is motivated to start a revolt in hope of gaining better working conditions and wages so he and the other workers can live proper lives. I think Zola wrote this novel to promote the act of revolting, in necessary conditions

  • The Ladies Paradise by Émile Zola

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    The Ladies Paradise by Émile Zola Zola's portrayal of men and their attitudes towards women may be the relation between that of, the controller and the controlled. One is made to believe that it is the men who control the women, and although this is the case in most instances of the Ladies Paradise, there are two people who ensue in resisting against all odds, at being run over by the machine that captivated and engulfed the late nineteenth century bourgeois household unit. They are the elegant

  • Emile Zola & The Dreyfus Affair

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    Emile Zola proved to not be just another French writer in the end of the 19th century when he spoke out about the Dreyfus Affair. He brought proof of anti-Semitism to everyone in France’s doorstep with his article “J’accuse.” Zola defended the truth even when he knew that there would be consequences against him. His article made it impossible for the public to ignore the hard truth that the French army falsely accused a Jewish man. Zola believed that the truth and justice are two of the most important

  • Power and Manipulation in The Ladies Paradise

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    interdependence is a microcosm of the bourgeois French society during that time, which Emile Zola wrote of in The Ladies’ Paradise, the eleventh book of the Rougon-Macquart series detailing middle-class life. According to Professor Brian Nelson, “The department store in The Ladies’ Paradise is a symbol of capitalism, the experience of the city, and the bourgeois family” (Zola x). Through his usage of characterization, Zola uses the development of the Parisian department store as a microcosm of the economical

  • The Development Of Gervaise In The Drinking Den

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    The novel “The Drinking Den” by Émile Zola revolves around a hard working women, Gervaise, who experiences difficulties taking a ride roller coaster. It can be compared to the shape of an inverse parabolic structure. Gervaise faces obstacles as the novel begins, starting with her alcoholic ex-husband, Lantier. As the novel continues Gervaise’s character development progresses positively to a certain point, but then it turns and begins on the negative development. This essay will first analyze the

  • Capitalism In Germinal

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    In Emile Zola’s Germinal, Zola tells the tale of impoverish miners in a French town called Montsou, the novel begins with Etienne a broken man without a job stumbling through the cold night. The novel ends with similar destitute misery. Throughout Germinal, Zola describes the lives of the miners of Le Voreux and touches upon a few main themes. The characters of Germinal face issues of socialism, human nature and social justice. Throughout the book the miners’ ideals and values develop and progress

  • Alcohol Abuse In L Assommoir, By Zola

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    to alcohol: the cause of, and answer to, all of life’s problems,” describes the thought process of most of France’s working class during the late 1800s. In Émile Zola’s L’Assommoir, Zola explains the many different ways the working class abuses alcohol and the impacts it has on people’s health and the relationships with people around them. Zola focuses specifically on the short and long term effects that spirits have on the Coupeau and Goujet families. Gervaise and Monsieur Coupeaus’ original idea

  • Medea And Mother COurage

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    Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Emile Zola’s Therese Raquin are both works with characters that possess maternal instinct. There is not a definite explanation for maternal instinct because it can be viewed differently. Although this is true, there is often a stereotype woman with the ‘right’ qualities of maternal instinct. This often articulates unrealistic images in people’s minds. Instinct means “an imposed set of values, imposed by the society” and the way they think a mother should naturally

  • Ben Franklin Norris

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    naturalistic style of writing, was born in Chicago in 1970. During his teenage years he moved to 1822 Sacramento Street to live with his father in San Francisco. He traveled to Paris and studied Art and was first exposed to one of his influential writers Emile Zola. He returned to San Francisco and studied the philosophy of evolution at the University of California at Berkley. He transferred to Harvard and took writing classes under Lewis E Gates. Upon graduating he attempted to make a name for himself as

  • The Dreyfus Affair In France

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    The Dreyfus affair was a scandal which rocked France for 12 years. It comprised of a Jewish staff officer named Alfred Dreyfus who was falsely convicted of giving French military secrets to the Germans. This came about when a ripped up letter was found in a bin at the German Embassy in Paris which had similar handwriting to that of Dreyfus. He was sent to Devil’s Island to serve a life sentence. It became such a huge scandal due to all of the speculation surrounding Dreyfus’ guilt or innocence. In

  • Naturalism In The Open Boat And To Build A Fire

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    the 1940s. This movement used detailed realism to propose that social conditions, genetics, and the environment had unavoidable force in shaping human character. According to Zhang, “Naturalism was first proposed and formulated by French novelist Emile Zola, and it was introduced to America by American novelist Frank Norris.”(Zhang par.1) The term naturalism defines a type of literature that attempts to apply scientific principles of objectivity and detachment to its study of human beings. Naturalism

  • Love, Betrayal, Hubris, and Relationships in Cyrano de Bergerac

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    of those creme de la creme authors held in high esteem -- Victor Hugo, Alfred de Musset, and William Shakespeare. His interactions with both Spanish and French cultures helped augment his success as a dramatic poet. Furthermore, Rostand assisted Emile Zola in supporting Captain Dreyfus, who was unjustly convicted of treason (Kahr 186). As a Meridional, Rostand was heavily inspired by Victor Hugo. In college, Rostand found "a literary world . . . where naturalism and exoticism flourished" (vii)

  • Stephen Crane and Walt Whitman: The Natural and the Language of Social Protest

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    Stephen Crane and Walt Whitman: The Natural and the Language of Social Protest Though in his short life Stephen Crane was never a soldier, his novel The Red Badge of Courage was commended by Civil War veterans as well as veterans from more recent wars not only for its historical accuracy but its ability to capture the psychological evolution of those on the field of battle (Heizberg xvi). Walt Whitman, on the other hand, served as a field medic during the Civil War. He was exposed perhaps to

  • Paul Cezanne

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    Latin literature. At the age of thirteen, Paul met Emile Zola at the College Bourbon. The friendship was very important for both of the young men and lasted until the publication of Zola's novel L'Oeuvre in 1886, in which the writer portrays an unsuccessful artist whose character based upon Paul. Deeply hurt, Cezanne broke forever with his longtime friend. At school, the boys were nearly inseparable. Both were interested in writing and literature. Emile and Paul would write letters and rhymed verse to

  • Rogers And Hammerstein's South Pacific

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    South Pacific, the main theme is racial prejudices. The two main characters, Emile de Becque and Nellie Forbush are faced with these problems as they attempt a relationship. Two other minor characters, Lt. Joe Cable and Liat, are faced with the same dilemma. Both Nellie and Joe Cable have a hard time coping with their own racial prejudices; Joe loves Liat, yet cannot marry her because she is Tonkinese ; Nellie loves Emile, but cannot marry him because of his former Polynesian wife. It is these

  • John Locke's Second Treatise on Civil Government

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    Locke's The Second Treatise of Civil Government: The Significance of Reason The significance of reason is discussed both in John Locke's, The Second Treatise of Civil Government, and in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's, Emile. However, the definitions that both authors give to the word “reason” vary significantly. I will now attempt to compare the different meanings that each man considered to be the accurate definition of reason. John Locke believed that the state “all men are naturally in ... is a state

  • Jean Jacques Rousseau Influence On Frankenstein

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    The tabula rasa or blank slate theory is one of the most well-known in the realm of psychology concerning the development of the human mind. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a novel about a mad scientist and his attempt at creating human life, seems to draw inspiration from this concept as well as its proponent, Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Rousseau and his theories help to develop Shelley’s novel through the background of Rousseau’s own life, the development of Victor’s character, and the development of the

  • Jacques Coustean

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    “10 Fathoms Down.” Incredibly, the movie was shot entirely with breath-hold diving. Naturally, this greatly limited the scope of the project. Because of his desire to explore the depths with more ease and for longer periods of time, Cousteau and Emile Gagnan developed the Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, or scuba, as it is commonly known (Cousteau Society). This invention revolutionized sea research and exploration, and opened up a world of possibilities in the realm of underwater

  • Wallace Stevens and Emile Durkheim

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    Wallace Stevens and Emile Durkheim To more fully understand Stevens' poem "The Idea of Order at Key West," one can look at the ideas of the poem in context of social-philosophical thought. Emile Durkheim's theories on religion closely parallel those of Stevens. Both men believe that there is no supreme greater being, or God, that gives things order and meaning. But both men also believe that humans need to read order and meaning into the world to understand it, even if the meaning humans imply

  • Emile Durkheim's Theories on Suicide

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    Emile Durkheim's Theories on Suicide I chose to write about Durkheim's theories on suicide. Although I don’t completely agree with all of them, I will discuss what my text says they are and what I perceive them to be. Most of Durkheim’s work on suicide was published in his third book, Suicide. It was a very important book because it was a serious effort to establish empiricism in sociology. This empiricism would provide a sociological perspective on a phenomenon that was previously psychological