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April 24, 2007
In Germinal, Emile Zola creates a very special and powerful human drama based on a miners' strike in late Nineteenth Century France. The common people who are its main characters engage in a class struggle against overwhelming odds, and given the forces against them, the reader is aware that they are doomed to defeat. Towards the conclusion, however, their cause is still alive and there is hope for the future. The characters and the situation both are intended to be symbolic of various ideological positions regarding economic and social class struggles at the time. One could classify this work as part of naturalism, which Zola contributed to enormously in his writings.
Zola presents a view into the terrible conditions of the middle class, capitalist and the workers which was results of the industrial revolution. The revolution transformed the political and diplomatic landscape of Europe rapidly......
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