CliffsNotes on Stendhal's The Red and the Black

CliffsNotes on Stendhal's The Red and the Black

CliffsNotes on Stendhal's The Red and the Black

CliffsNotes on Stendhal's The Red and the Black

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M. de Rênal, ultra mayor of the small provincial town of Verrières, hires Julien Sorel, a young peasant who aspires to the priesthood, as tutor for his children. The hiring of Julien is calculated to enhance Rênal’s prestige among the wealthy liberals. Julien, ambitious and amoral, had hoped to pursue a military career but has decided to enter the priesthood as the most likely means to success. He chooses hypocrisy as his weapon in his encounter with society. He sees his position as tutor as the first step in his ascension, which will culminate, he hopes, in Parisian aristocracy.

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