This section provides a short description of all the major characters in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.
Claude Lantier - The central character of the novel, THE MASTERPIECE, who is the driving force behind a group of friends set on modernizing art and literature to deal with reality.
Pierre Sandoz - He is the more or less the autobiographical counterpoint of Émile Zola himself. He is the eternal optimist and at the beginning believes that his group of friends will all succeed at their goals in various artistic fields.
Louis Dubuche - His field is architecture and he is a student at the École des Beaux-Arts, which is...
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