Pere Goriot Book Summary and Study Guide

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Father Goriot had been a wealthy middle class business man. When he got older he sold his business and gave most of his money to his two daughters whom he doted on. He planned to live with them and their families, but they had married into higher social positions and found him beneath him. He now lives in a boarding house, denying himself everything so that he can still give the little he has to the extravagent daughters who never have enough money, but want nothing to do with him except take his money. A young man who also lives in the boarding house becomes acquainted with the daughters while seeking his own place in society and befriends the old man who takes to him to get information about the daughters. Goriot's selfless love for his offspring, however, is never reciprocated. Still the only thing he lives for is his family.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Daughter Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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