School Trips To Discover The Great Literature Of Paris

Travel-and-Leisure Paris has been a magnet for writers for centuries, and these writers have documented many of the great historical events that occurred in this magical city. From Victor Hugo to F. Scott Fitzgerald, their novels have brought to life the scandals, tragedies and love stories of this wonderful city. The French Revolution The French Revolution has left its mark on the city; it would be difficult for those on school trips visiting The Bastille not to imagine what it would have been like to be incarcerated within its walls. The terror of being lead to the guillotine was one that was shared by many. Charles Dickens Tale of Two Cities tells the story of Sydney Carton, who subjected himself to this terror when he gave up his life for another all in the name of love. In this, one of the only two historical fiction novels Dickens wrote, he captures the uncertainty and fear that many people lived through in his opening chapter: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair" Due to the recent release of the musical film and the success of theatre productions of Les Miserables many people are now familiar with Victor Hugos epic tale. Victor Hugo planned to write a novel about social injustice and misery for many years and, finally, Les Miserables was published in 1862. Hugo died in 1885 and he shares a crypt with Emile Zola and Alexandre Dumas in the Pantheon. Love Love has always been an important theme for works of literature and as Paris is known as the city of love it is a fitting setting for romantic writing. Before he wrote Les Miserables, Victor Hugo penned the classic love story, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which tells of the fated love of the deformed hunchback Quasimodo for the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. The novels setting is the Cathedral of Notre Dame, a site that will definitely be on any school trip’s itinerary. Looking up at the bell tower of this magnificent cathedral is it easy to imagine you can see the tragic Quasimodo gazing down at you. Another great novel that has be.e widely known due to the stage and film adaptations is The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux. Set at the Paris Opera House, the novel tells the story of a humble chorus girl, Christine Daae, and the two men who love her: her childhood sweetheart Viscount Raoul de Changy and the mysterious Angel of Music. Scandal Scandal has been written about for centuries. Henry James The Ambassadors tells the story of a young man who has been seduced by the pleasures of the city and who rediscovers the importance of morality – and that morality doesnt have to mean conventionality. The Ambassadors was highly praised by writers such as Graham Greene and E M Forster and was the favourite of its author. Scandalous lifestyles were the norm in 1920s Paris, and F Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda were part of this; their opulent lifestyle during the Jazz Age has been well documented. The Ritz Hotel in Place Vendme was the inspiration for his novella The Diamond as big as the Ritz and also makes an appearance in Tender as the Night. Fitzgerald is quoted as saying, The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American.. Fittingly then, he wrote The Great Gatsby whilst living in Paris. When students travel to Paris, school trips can only be enhanced by reading some of the great literature written about the city prior to visiting. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: