Sentimental Education Topics for Discussion

Gustave Flaubert and Mary Ruefle
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What is Frederic's real passion in life? Does he have one? Defend your answer.

How does Charles try to take over Frederic's life? Why do you think he does so?

Why doesn't Marie accept Frederic's advances earlier? What is her real motivation?

Why is Frederic so indecisive? In your answer, please list three examples of Frederic's indecisiveness and then explain why you think he has this character trait.

What was the French revolution of 1848 about? What were its main events? Why did it end with disappointment?

How do you think the political events of Sentimental Education are related to the dramas of the French upper classes? Do you see any parallelism between the two story lines?

Frederic has three major love interests in Sentimental Education. Who are they? What does Frederic find appealing about each woman? What does he find unappealing?

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