Nana - "NANA" Nana, painting by douard Manet,...

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“NANA” Nana , painting by Édouard Manet, 1877
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Excerpt read in class concerning Nana , a novel by Émile Zola published in 1880. These are notes that Zola made on the character of Nana: “[…]Her character: good-natured above all else. Follows her nature, but never does harm for harm’s sake, and feels sorry for people. Bird-brain, always thinking of something new, with the craziest whims. Tomorrow doesn’t exist. Very merry, very gay. Superstitious, frightened of God. Loves animals and her parents. At first very slovenly, vulgar; then plays the lady and watches herself closely. – With that, ends up regarding man as a material to exploit, becoming a force of Nature, a ferment of destruction, but without meaning to, simply by means of her sex and her strong female odour, destroying everything she approaches, and turning
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2008 for the course FREN 169 taught by Professor Celestin during the Spring '07 term at UConn.

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