The Red and the Black - Stendhal | FeedbooksHe ultimately allows his passions to betray him. The title is taken to refer to the tension between the clerical black and secular red  interests of the protagonist, but this interpretation is but one of many. He comes from a poor family  and fails to understand much about the ways of the world he sets out to conquer. He harbours many romantic illusions, but becomes mostly a pawn in the political machinations of the ruthless and influential people about him. The adventures of the hero satirize early 19th-century French society, accusing the aristocracy and Catholic clergy of being hypocritical and materialistic , foretelling the radical changes that will soon depose them from their leading roles in French society.
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How It All Goes Down
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The novel, set in France during the Second Restoration —30 , is a powerful character study of Julien Sorel , an ambitious young man who uses seduction as a tool for advancement. After spending time in a seminary, he goes to Paris, where he seduces the aristocratic Mathilde, the daughter of his second employer. Incisively and with subtlety, the novel examines careerism, political opportunism, the climate of fear and denunciation in Restoration France, and bourgeois materialistic values. The Red and the Black. Info Print Cite.
Julien leaves his provincial home to become a tutor, strives to raise himself professionally and socially, becomes embroiled in a series of romantic escapades, and finally faces a capital trial. The epigraph is attributed to Georges Jacques Danton, the proponent of the French Revolution who was later guillotined, but Danton may never have said it. Many of the epigraphs that open each chapter are either very loose renditions of quotations or outright fabrications. Thus the narrator, after one of the first interviews between Julien and Mme. The narrator consistently responds to Julien, but responds inconsistently. Reading itself is implicated in this process, as the characters compare events to books they have read, expecting life to imitate art. Helena , a biography of Napoleon, into the sawmill stream p.