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Usage of the Narrator in a Passage Analysis Throughout Pere Goriot Balzacs narrator oscillates between the roles of social historian and moralist Although the presence of both observer and commentator may initially seem mutually exclusive it also is a large part of what makes this novel interesting and entertaining Balzacs readers do not segregate perception and judgment routinely in their everyday lives By packaging profound ideas in a way similar to natural human expectation Balzacs narrator achieves an especially comfortable and effective rapport with readers One of the main tenets of Pere Goriot is the story of Eugene de Rastignacs rise from provincial obscurity to success in Paris Along the way he learns much about Parisian society and human nature In the following passage from Pere Goriot Rastignac pursues success through fashionable dress Eugene had begun to realize the influence a tailor can exercise over a young mans life He is either a mortal enemy or a friend and alas there is no middle term between the two extremes Eugenes tailor was one who understood the paternal aspect of his trade and regarded himself as a hyphen between a young mans past and future The grateful Eugene was eventually to make the mans fortune by one of those remarks at which he was in later years to excel I know two pairs of his trousers that have each made matches worth twenty thousand francs a year Fifteen hundred and fifty francs and all the clothes he cared to have At this point the poor southerner felt all doubts vanish He went down to breakfast with that indefinable air about him which the possession of even the smallest sum of money gives a young mana young man who can jingle a few fleeting gold pieces in his pocket lingers over his pleasures savors every detail of them luxuriates in them floats on clouds and forgets even the meaning of the word poverty All Paris is
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