The Masterpiece Topics for Discussion

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Identify a few of the similes and metaphors in THE MASTERPIECE and define how they add color and meaning to the narrative.

Explain how the character of Sandoz parallels the author, Émile Zola.

Define and discuss Zola's use of antithesis in the novel.

Explain how and why Christine overcomes her repugnance at Claude's painting.

Discuss the purpose of the character of Irma Bécot in the novel.

Identify the symbolism of the child, Jacques, as it relates to Claude and Christine.

Define Claude Lantier as a tragic character.

Identify a favorite quote from the novel and explain why it appeals to you.

Explain how Zola's descriptions of Paris make the city both mysterious and appealing.

Define and explain the symbolism of Ile de la Cité as it relates to Claude's final downfall.

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