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Gustave Flaubert

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Gustave Flaubert

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Historical Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

Sentimental Education is narrated in the third person, primarily from protagonist Frédéric Moreau's point of view. The narrator occasionally shows the points of view of other characters as well.


Sentimental Education is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

Sentimental Education's subtitle is The History of a Young Man. The subtitle refers to protagonist Frédéric Moreau. The novel covers major events in his life from ages 18 to 47. The word sentimental concerns feelings and emotions. As the protagonist and other characters navigate life in Paris, they experience several emotionally charged events involving love, anger, betrayal, fear, and friendship. The characters don't always handle their emotions well. They misread others' feelings, love the wrong people, or are deluded about how others view them, and they endure disillusionment as they unlearn their romantic ideals.


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