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 formidable aristocrat with the story of a father, whose obsessive love for his daughters results in his own and fiscal wreck. This concise complement to Honore De Balzac's Pere Goriot is helping scholars comprehend the general constitution of the paintings, activities and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural views of the writer.

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Royce's Bibliography of Balzac and in the May issues of the Publications of the Modern Language Association. We have tried here to give a selection of those works which can help the reader get a clearer insight into Balzac's Le Père Goriot and possibly stimulate further study of this great, prolific writer. For the benefit of French students, we have included several essential works in French. FRENCH WORKS Bardeche, M. Balzac Romancier. Paris: Plon, 1951. A very penetrating study of Balzac's techniques and characters, both for the layman and the scholar.

Includes some very good pages on Balzac. Zweig, S. Balzac. , 1955. A classic biography.

True, she used Eugène at first to be launched into high society, but she later shows such a true love for Eugène that we can't help liking her even when, by accepting Rastignac's love, she is rejecting everything else--family and father: "All my life is in you. My father gave me a heart, but you have taught it to beat. The whole world may condemn me. " It is really affecting to see genuine emotion stifled by social mores. And we know that Delphine is hardly going to change. " VAUTRIN Although his adventures in the novel are incidental, his personality is omnipresent in two-thirds of the book.

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