Ourika: An English Translation Topics for Discussion

Claire de Duras
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Why is it significant that Claire de Duras wrote a novel about a black woman? How does Duras' social status affect the novel's reception?

What caused Ourika's unhappiness in the novel?

How did Mme. de B feel about Ourika? How did Ourika feel about Mme. de B?

How did Ourika's upbringing contribute to her unhappiness?

What role did race play in Ourika?

What were Ourika's feelings for Charles throughout the narrative, and how did they affect her state of mind?

What was Ourika's actual sin, and how did this lead to her death?

At the time that the doctor interviewed Ourika, was Ourika happy as she claimed? Provide evidence to support your answer.

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