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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)

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  • 28 - Chapter VI, part five

28 - Chapter VI, part five

Thursday 1st January 1970

Explore the world of Émile Zola's L'Assommoir, a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris. Listen to Chapter VI, part five on alcoholfree.com now.
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The Harsh Reality of Alcoholism and Poverty in Émile Zola's L'Assommoir

All kinds of spirit, on the contrary, were filth poisons which destroyed in the workmen the taste for bread.
Émile Zola's L'Assommoir is a stark portrayal of the harsh reality of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris during the Second Empire. In Chapter VI, part five of the novel, Gervaise's fears of her first lover and the negative effects of alcoholism on the working-class are explored in detail. Virginie's reports of Lancier add to Gervaise's worries, but under Gouget's protection, she finds solace in the idyll of giant-like labour.
However, the consequences of alcoholism are ever-present, with Pijard's violent behaviour causing harm to those around him. The novel serves as a reminder of the devastating effects of addiction and the need for support and compassion for those who suffer from it. Listen to Chapter VI, part five on alcoholfree.com now and delve deeper into the world of L'Assommoir.