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The Belly of Paris Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Topics for Discussion

Re-read Zola's description of the Quenus' bedroom on page 53. What is meant by the narrator's assertion that "it was truly a bed intended for sleep"? What does the statement say about the nature of Quenu's relationship with Lisa?

Identify the characters in the novel that are identified as "Fat" and "Thin." Explain the assertion on page 274 that the "Fat" people had won. What did they win? What was at stake?

Analyze the role that gossip plays in Florent's eventual undoing, specifically addressing the characters of Mademoiselle Saget, Madame Lecoeur, and La Sarriette. Use textual examples to substantiate the claims being made.

Explain the ways in which the markets of Les Halles serve as an example of a consumerist society. Cite examples from the narrative to reinforce your argument.

The character known as Robine has no dialogue in the narrative and yet he plays an integral role in...

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