Thursday, 3 November 2016

Victor v Balzac



I have read a great deal more of Balzac than Hugo but it struck me how different their moral characterisation was. While Hugo seems to deal with heroic figures, such as the bishop in Les Misérables, who is unambiguously portrayed as being a charitable man, not to mention the hard-bitten monument that is Jean Valjean, Balzac seems to deal far more with weasely ambitious types who are given to Satan's game, as mastered by the character of VautrinLucien de Rubempré and Eugène Rastignac immediately come to mind. 

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