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The students of the first passed, on Thursday, June 16, the expected French test of the matriculation examination. Here is the corrected commentary on the excerpt from the novel angry days (Gallimard, 1989), by Sylvie Germain, given to students in the general series, produced by French teacher Loïc Collot.

Reviewers are instructed to accept several types of plans, provided they faithfully reflect the text. The following is just one example among many.

This excerpt is the description of the nine sons of characters named Ephraim Mauperthuis and Reinette-la-Grasse. He draws an almost supernatural portrait of these men who have become so shaped by Morvan’s forests that they have literally been transformed.

Possible question: How were the nine sons shaped by the environment in which they grew up?

1. People who grew up in nature

have. Children who leave the family home to go live in nature

  • Children who desperately need to leave their homes. Insist on this need in words ” very fast “, ” very good “ associated with the adjective “narrow”. Same process with “too bad”, I. 21-22.

b. An education that takes place in nature

  • “He had been raised higher among the trees” I. 10-11. The passive voice of the verb and the absence of provoking parents underscore how much their education is left to nature, with implicitly personified trees.
  • Their food seems to contaminate, by metonymy, their character in formation. The text develops a lexical field around wild elements, animals and plants, which form the basis of their diet: “wild berries”, “animal meat”, I. 11-13.

vs. This youth gives them a unique knowledge of the world

  • They thus gain a thorough knowledge of nature. Several consecutive hyperbolas poetically evoke the paths that the stars draw, placed parallel to the paths of the forest (l. 14-15). They reach true cosmic knowledge.
  • The text insists on this dimension thanks to another contradiction between the words “The Milky Way” and “alley”an antithesis poetically reinforced by the alliteration in “v”, l. 17-18, and followed by the comparison “as in the mirror”.
  • This cosmic knowledge has a religious dimension: the exhortation of the pilgrims from Vézelay on the way to Santiago de Compostela, l. 18-19.

2. Men who acquire the harshness of the environment in which they grew up

have. Men who distance themselves from other men

  • These men do not follow the straight path of civilization. The text uses the lexical field of curves with verbs “sinue”, “slip”, “spawn”, associated with the movement of the animals with which the nine threads rub.
  • They live among plants or wild animals: “ferns”, “ferns”, “ferns”, “feral cats”, “wild boars”, I. 15-16.

b. They also distance themselves from the human language

  • Long anaphora with the word “singing”, paradoxically associated with the absence of words. The text refers to one “song without melody”. Further, he insists on these songs “made of shouting, shouting, resonance, strife”, I. 7-8, which is therefore nothing more than an indistinct noise and not an articulated human word.

vs. Men who end up petrified

  • Beings whose emotional life is drastically reduced. Word ” everything “, I. 10, insist on reducing their feelings to one, the “anger”.
  • They become men in the image of the forest. The explicit comparison, “made in their image”has biblical resonance and highlights the defining power of line 1: “They were forest people. »
  • Accumulation of nouns “power”, “loneliness”, “hardness”, gradually ripen them, l. 2.
  • They literally end up being petrified. Their “hardness” is associated with granite and refers to a force that defies time. I. 2-3.

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