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This French realist novel contrasts the social development of an impoverished yet bold aristocrat with the story of a father, whose obsessive love for his daughters ends up in his own and monetary damage. This concise complement to Honore De Balzac's Pere Goriot is helping scholars comprehend the final constitution of the paintings, activities and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural views of the writer.
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17. What is the role of society in the novel? 18. Show how Goriot's abnormal passion had destroyed his sense of values. 19. Point out and discuss the naturalistic elements in the novel. 20. What traits make Eugene a sympathetic character? 21. Evaluate the role of money in the novel. 22. What do the melodramatic elements add to the novel? 23. Discuss Balzac's realistic treatment in Père Goriot. 24. What are the unifying elements in the novel? 25. Compare Père Goriot and King Lear. com SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY A wealth of material has been published on Balzac which appears in William H.
Placed by Balzac among his "Studies in Social Mores," it depicts a corrupt, ruthless society, but one in which one has to live, to which one has to adjust or experience the fate of Mme. de Beauséant, Vautrin, and Goriot, and in which many, like Anastasie, Delphine, and Rastignac, want to succeed at all costs. ESSAY TOPICS AND REVIEW QUESTIONS 1. Discuss Balzac's classic description of the boardinghouse. What feeling does he try to convey? What devices does he use? 2. What does Balzac tell us about the boarders at first?
And by the end of the hook, he has definitely joined the club and will successfully abide by its rules. In spite of all this, Eugène remains a sympathetic character because of his candor, his childish naivete, and his love and devotion for Old Goriot. CRITICAL ESSAYS COMPLEXITY IN STRUCTURE Just as a play is divided into scenes and acts, a conventional novel is divided into chapters which usually, taking one aspect of the story, help the reader break it down and follow more easily the progression of the plot.
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