The novel is also noted as an example of his realist style, using minute details to create character and subtext. The novel takes place during the Bourbon Restoration , which brought profound changes to French society; the struggle by individuals to secure a higher social status is a major theme in the book. Balzac analyzes, through Goriot and others, the nature of family and marriage, providing a pessimistic view of these institutions. The novel was released to mixed reviews. Some critics praised the author for his complex characters and attention to detail; others condemned him for his many depictions of corruption and greed.
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Vauquer A stingy, hypocritical, middle-aged widow, humble to the rich, heartless to the poor, she is hypnotized by Vautrin because of his strength, joviality, and gallantry. Poiret A small bourgeois of vague antecedents, who could have been a government clerk or a hangman's aid; a robot of a man, mechanically repeating what other people have said.
Michonneau A stingy, meek old maid, well paired with Poiret. Ready to do anything for money, she will turn Vautrin over to the police. Couture A ray of sunshine in this drab boardinghouse.
The widow of an army commissary general, who has appointed herself guardian and chaperone of Victorine Taillefer. Vautrin A strong, jovial, gallant man, soon discovered to be the escaped convict Jacques Collin, alias "Trompe la Mort," a banker for the underworld. Old Goriot A former manufacturer of vermicelli who has sacrificed his fortune and accepted a miserable life at the boardinghouse to see his daughters happy.
In his efforts to conquer Paris, he will become involved with Goriot's two daughters: first with Anastasie, who will scorn him, and then with Delphine, who will love him.
Frederic Taillefer Victorine's brother, whose murder will be ordered by Vautrin so that Victorine may inherit the family's fortune. Duchess de Langeais One of Mme. Anastasie de Restaud One of Old Goriot's daughters. She is presented as a spoiled, self-centered young person, interested only in social prominence. Count de Restaud Anastasie's husband, a violent, heartless aristocrat. Delphine de Nucingen Goriot's second daughter, a more complex character than Anastasie. A very pretty girl, spoiled and self-centered like her sister, but she can show true love for Rastignac and tenderness for her father.
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