The Human Comedy Scenes From Provincial Life V

Author: Honoré de Balzac

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There is a topic to which Balzac turned very often and that was the ambitious young provincial and his struggle to rise in the competitive world of Paris, since the French social system was a subject of great interest to him. For Balzac the bourgeois values of material acquisition were on the rise, so, it was common for the individuals in his stories to be affected by social ambitions.

This brings us to the Scenes From Provincial Life V, one of the categories of The Human Comedy The Studies of Manners. One of its novels is The Collection Of Antiquities, where Balzac portrays the old nobility of the French provinces, ruined by the Revolution.

This is the case of the Marquis d’Esgrignon, who belongs to a high society family, and who tries to adapt to the new social and cultural context that emerged in post-revolutionary France.


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