L'Assommoir - Chapter 11 Summary & Analysis

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The eleventh chapter tracks the development of Nana, the Coupeaus daughter, now in her mid teens: her home life is atrocious, as Coupeau shows up at home plastered more often than not, and not just verbally attacks his daughter for being promiscuous, but also physically abuses her as well. Her mother, whom at this point is not much better than her father, constantly getting in fights with every member of their small room, is of no help to Nana. She begins to cavort with elderly men, men who will have roofs under which she can rest her head.

Coupeau’s insanity returns intermittently now, as accordance with what the doctor told him: reach relapse becomes worse and worse, with Coupeau becoming completely disoriented and violent towards his house mates. HIs nightmares return, and a combination of poor sleep and alcohol keeps his cycle of...

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