Les Liaisons Dangereuses Short Essay - Answer Key

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
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1. What was Choderlos de Laclos' position in society? Describe his family life.

Laclos' family occupied a low place in the aristocratic hierarchy. He served in the French military, but saw little battle. During the Revolution and afterward, Laclos was alternately imprisoned and released. He married and was close and loving with his wife and family.

2. What were Laclos' general views on politics and gender relations?

Laclos had liberal to moderate political views and supported the Jacobins in the French Revolution. His views on women were especially liberal. He thought women were unfairly enslaved by society and that women could affect a revolution.

3. What was the general response to _Les Liaisons Dangereuses_ in the 20th century?

The novel was not found as monstrous as it was after its first publication in 1782. Critics and readers alike appreciated it, and many stage and film adaptations followed. _Les Liaisons Dangereuses_ is considered one of the best novels in French literary history.

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