Balzac Pere Goriot (Cliffs Notes) by Pierre F. Limouzy

By Pierre F. Limouzy

This French realist novel contrasts the social growth of an impoverished yet bold aristocrat with the story of a father, whose obsessive love for his daughters ends up in his own and fiscal destroy. 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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We shall distinguish between realistic, naturalistic, and romantic or subjective approaches. Realism Le Père Goriot has been acclaimed, and justly so, as a great realistic novel. Balzac was concerned all his life with getting data on his characters; he went as far as visiting graveyards and jotting down the names on the tombstones. He studies the society of his time and gives us in his book invaluable information about the members, their interests, their behavior. He depicts many levels of social classes, high aristocracy, the middle world, the bourgeois, and the picturesque and somewhat pitiful members of the lower classes: Bianchon, old Poiret, Mlle.

VAUTRIN Although his adventures in the novel are incidental, his personality is omnipresent in two-thirds of the book. Vautrin is presented at first as a strongly built, middle-class man, sensual, jovial, likable, who indulges in silly jokes and pranks. And if the delineation stopped there, he would be no more than a younger Poiret. But the character is built on the quality of strength capable of breaking all obstacles. With this attribute, Vautrin becomes the symbol of a fighter, rebelling against a society which has created and degraded him.

This leads us to Balzac's important idea of social preconditioning; they adapted readily to the social mores that acknowledged the fact that most girls married for wealth and prestige rather than for love and that, consequently, they had to lavish their passion upon someone other than their husbands. This triangular relationship is the source of the most dramatic psychological imbalance found in the two women and is quite apparent and often repeated in Balzac's works in general and in Le Père Goriot in particular.

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