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Influential Masterpieces In many works of literature an author may make their works somewhat autobiographical They may do this in order to make a specific work unique This may also be done in order to bring out a particular point or fact There are several stories in which the author uses this technique to show the public how they had to deal with the issues of class racism gender and religion One such author was Emile Zola He used his talents to show how dark the years during the Second Empire in France were In Germinal Zola used his characters lives to depict the pain and suffering that the majority of Frances lower class went through The French society during this time could be compared to s feudal society There was a hierarchy amongst the citizens The lower class people would work in the mines The upper class folks would own such mines The picture of society was miserable The workers were underpaid the living conditions were in humane The only escape the workers had was when they would turn to drinking Their children were malnutrition The women were trapped by debt The workers had to mine for coal They were given a particular amount of money bread and somewhat shelter When the owners of the mine decided to cut wages the workers began to revolt They put up a strike in order to get better wages and more food Zolas characters gain a sense of pride and respect for themselves They are able to stand up to the wealthy landowners He himself became a worker in the mine He was just slightly more intelligent than his co-workers This allowed him to have pity for them He was able to tell from his own point of view not just the poor working conditions in northern France but tell of the injustice of the entire working class To boot the reader was
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