Emilie Zola was also known for his support of Jewish rights. He was against Anti-Semitism, which at the time was a general practice in France and throughout most of Europe. People did not openly persecute Jews in France, but often in court Christians had the upper hand. Zola fought for Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish French military officer who was wrongfully convicted of treason. This case had a profound affect on French society, and Zola was one of the few activists fighting for Dreyfus. Emilie Zola was eventually convicted of libel and sentenced to a year in prison. This was the point in his life where he fled to England.
Spread of Zola's ideas
Emilie Zola published more novels, articles, and critiquing pieces than most writers at the time. In this way he was able to spread his ideas through France and Europe as a whole. Zola's fictional novels were widely loved and read by many. Also many of his naturalist ideas appealed to other philosophers across Europe. During his life, Zola was widely respected up until his publishing regarding the issues of Alfred Dreyfus. At this point he began to lose his highly acclaimed reputation. But for most of his life, Emilie Zola's ideas were highly accepted, and he was able to inspire others to follow his intellectual dedication.
Significance of Zola's Ideas
Zola's fundamental ideas are still important to this day. Racism is still a prominent problem in many places of the world today. Zola was a forerunner for specifically Jewish rights in France, and his ideas pushed for a society without racial inequality. Emilie Zola's ideas regarding naturalism are still present even now. He based his movement off of rationalism and the experimental method, two ideas that are still highly regarded in today's society. Zola was also able to inspire future generations of writers and thinkers who could themselves contribute to modern society.
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