Creative Writing Devices From Émile Zola

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Around 100 years before we met the serial killer Dexter in the 9 season television hit, the French novelist Émile Zola gave us Jacques Lantier. Jacques dreams of blood and killing, but unlike Dexter, his psyche is grounded in something more ancient than a traumatic childhood experience.

La Bête Humaine, translated as ‘the beast in man’, explores the base animalistic instinct for destruction…