Therese Raquin Topics for Discussion

Émile Gaboriau
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How does the novel present the idea of different temperaments (as opposed to characters)? What type of temperament does Thérèse have? What type of temperament does Camille have? What type of temperament does Laurent have? How do their temperaments complement or oppose each other?

How does Thérèse's childhood prepare her for her future life of deception and hypocrisy?

Discuss the similarities and differences of the characters with an animal-type nature, and the more mechanical personalities, especially of the Thursday friends?

Do Thérèse and Laurent receive a just punishment for Camille's murder? What about for their adultery?

Is Madame Raquin culpable in this story? What is her crime and punishment? Is it just?

How does Madame Raquin respond to the truth about Thérèse and Laurent? Discuss her blasphemy.

Do the characters in this story exercise free will? What most drives...

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