A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for Emile Zola’s Germinal, a classic piece of literature due to its historically factual description of the class differentiation in France during the 1800s.
As a nineteenth century fictional documentation of France, Germinal describes the impact of class differentiation on a striking coal miner’s family. Moreover, it outlines and highlights the mistreatment of the lower class and how they were forced into poverty by their superiors through the example of the miners.
Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola (, also , ; 2 April 184029 September 1902) was a French novelist, playwright, journalist, the best-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism, and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. He was a major figure in the political liberalization of France and in the exoneration of the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus, which is encapsulated in the renowned newspaper headline J'Accuse…! Zola was nominated for the first and second Nobel Prize in Literature in 1901 and 1902.