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His willful nature caused trouble throughout his life and frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business. When he nished school, Balzac was an apprentice in a law oce, but he turned his back on the study of law after wearying of its inhumanity and banal routine.

Before and during his career as a writer, he attempted to be a publisher, printer, business- 1. La Comdie humaine reects his real-life diculties, and As an infant Balzac was sent to a wet-nurse; the following year he was joined by his sister Laure and they spent four includes scenes from his own experience.

His children, sending babies to wet-nurses was still common relationship with his family was often strained by nanamong the middle and upper classes. When the Balzac cial and personal diculties, and he ended several friendchildren returned home, they were kept at a frigid disships over critical reviews.

In he married Ewelina tance by their parents, which aected the author-to-be Haska, his longtime love; he died ve months later. His novel Le Lys dans la Valle features a cruel governess named Miss Caroline, modeled after his own caregiver. Meanwhile, his father had been writing a treatise on the means of preventing thefts and murders, and of restoring the men who commit them to a useful role in society, in which he heaped disdain on prison as a form of crime prevention.

This was an unhappy time in his life, during which he attempted suicide on a bridge over the Loire River.

Abel-Franois Villemain, a recent arrival from the Collge Charlemagne, lectured on French and classical literature.

Andmost inuential of allVictor Cousin's courses on philosophy encouraged his students to think independently. In his novel Le NoQueyroy taire, he wrote that a young person in the legal profession sees the oily wheels of every fortune, the hideous wranethic which had gained him the esteem of society, in- gling of heirs over corpses not yet cold, the human heart tentionally gave little spending money to the boy. This grappling with the Penal Code.

As a result, he was frequently sent to the alcove, a punishment cell reserved for disobedient students. I should think I do! I had the honour of escorting him to the dungeon more than a hundred times! Balzac worked these scenes from his boyhoodas he did many aspects of his life and the lives of those around himinto La Comdie Humaine.

His time at Vendme is reected in Louis Lambert, his novel about a young boy studying at an Oratorian grammar school at Vendme.


The narrator says : He devoured books of every kind, feeding indiscriminately on religious works, history and literature, philosophy and physics. He had told me that he found indescribable delight in reading dictionaries for lack of other books. He despaired of being a clerk, a machine, a riding-school hack, eating and drinking and sleeping at xed hours. I should 1. And thats what they call living, element of social order. I am hungry and nothing is oered to appease my appetite.

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The loss of this opportunity caused serious discord in the Balzac household, although Honor was not turned away entirely. Instead, in April he was allowed to live in the French capitalas English critic George Saintsbury describes it"in a garret furnished in the most Spartan fashion, with a starvation allowance and an old woman to look after him, while the rest of the family moved to a house twenty miles [32 km] outside Paris.

Realizing he would have trouble nding a composer, however, he turned to other pursuits. In Balzac completed the ve-act verse tragedy Cromwell. Although it pales in comparison to later works, some critics consider it a quality text.

In Balzac met the enterprising Auguste Lepoitevin, who convinced the author to write short stories, which Lepoitevin would then sell to publishers. Balzac quickly turned to longer works, and by he had written nine novels, all published under pseudonyms and often produced in collaboration with other writers.

In Saintsburys view, They are curiously, interestingly, almost enthrallingly bad. In the 10 years that elapsed,[ clarification needed ] Balzac had developed a political career, becoming heavily involved in high society , which influenced much of his writing.

However, he continued to have financial difficulties despite his success, such as with La Cronique de Paris, a magazine he founded and abandoned, though he characteristically hid his worry in order to maintain appearances.

Sarrasine is part of its "Scenes de la vie parisienne". Barthes dissects the text in accordance with five "codes" hermeneutic , semic, symbolic, proairetic and cultural.

Plot summary[ edit ] Around midnight during a ball the narrator is sitting at a window, out of sight, admiring the garden.

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He overhears the conversations of passers-by regarding the origins of the wealth of the mansion's owner, Monsieur de Lanty. There is also the presence of an unknown old man around the house, whom the family was oddly devoted to, and who frightened and intrigued the partygoers. When the man sits next to the narrator's guest, Beatrix Rochefide, she touches him, and the narrator rushes her out of the room.

The narrator says he knows who the man is and says he will tell her his story the next evening. After one of Sarrasine's sculptures wins a competition, he heads to Rome where he sees a theatre performance featuring Zambinella. He falls in love with her, going to all of her performances and creating a clay mold of her.

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After spending time together at a party, Sarrasine attempts to seduce Zambinella. She is reticent, suggesting some hidden secret or danger of their partnership.

Sarrasine becomes increasingly convinced that Zambinella is the ideal woman. Sarrasine develops a plan to abduct her from a party at the French embassy. When Sarrasine arrives, Zambinella is dressed as a man. Sarrasine speaks to a cardinal, who is Zambinella's patron, and is told that Zambinella is a castrato.

Sarrasine refuses to believe it and leaves the party, seizing Zambinella.

Once they are at his studio, Zambinella confirms that she is a castrato. Sarrasine is about to kill him as a group of the cardinal's men barge in and stab Sarrasine. The narrator then reveals that the old man around the household is Zambinella, Marianina's maternal great uncle. The story ends with Mme de Rochefide's expressing her distress about the story she has just been told.

Characters[ edit ] The Narrator — The narrator tells the story of Sarrasine to Madame Rochefide, as a way to seduce her. He is a member of Paris' upper class and regularly frequents its grand balls. Madame Rochefide — A delicate woman of great beauty whom the narrator invited to Monsieur de Lanty's ball.

Marianina — The de Lanty's sixteen-year-old daughter who is strikingly beautiful, educated and witty.

Also described as sweet and modest, she could bring the same level purity of sound, sensibility, rightness of movement and pitch, soul and science, correctness, and feeling as the sultan's daughter in the Magic Lamp.

Filippo — Marianina's brother and Count de Lanty's son.

He is handsome with skin of olive complexion, defined eyebrows, and fire of velvet eyes, and is often considered an ideal partner to many girls and mothers finding husbands for their daughters.

He is also described as a walking image of Antinous. Monsieur de Lanty — The wealthy owner of the mansion hosting the ball. He is small, ugly, and pock-marked, a complete contrast to his wife and children.

He is dark skinned like a Spaniard, dull as a banker, and compared to a politician because he is cold and reserved. Ernest-Jean Sarrasine — The only son of a rich lawyer who, rather than following in his father's path as the family wants, becomes an artist, eventually having his talent as a sculptor recognized by Bouchardon.

He is generally more interested in art than in women, but on a trip to Italy falls in love with the opera star, La Zambinella, who serves as the model for his most perfect statue.

When he learns that Zambinella is a castrato, he tries to kill Zambinella and is himself killed instead. Zambinella — A star of the Roman opera and the object of Sarrasine's affection.

Sarrasine is convinced that La Zambinella is the ideal woman. La Zambinella is in fact a castrato. Bouchardon — Sculptor who taught Sarrasine as a student and took him in as his own pupil.

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Opposites[ edit ] Sarrasine is marked by oppositions. The story opens with a description of the extremes of inside and out, day and night, beauty and ugliness, age and youth, male and female that prevail in French high society and at the de Lanty's ball. Whereas the ball is young and full of life, the mysterious old man who enters it stands out as the mark of opposition.

The most significant opposite in the entire novella is male versus female. The story contemplates what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman, and the degree to which those stand in opposition. The story also touches on oppositions between the generations, as Sarrasine himself is opposite to his father, on oppositions between the art world and the political world, on oppositions between France and Italy, and on oppositions between the ideal and the real.Although he had steadily produced work for over a decade without commercial success , Sarrasine was among his earliest publications to appear without a pseudonym.

Sarrasine develops a plan to abduct her from a party at the French embassy. They come into close contact with a mysterious old man and see a beautiful painting. Sarrasine is part of its "Scenes de la vie parisienne".

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Marianina — The de Lanty's sixteen-year-old daughter who is strikingly beautiful, educated and witty. This grappling with the Penal Code.

Opposites[ edit ] Sarrasine is marked by oppositions. In his novel Le NoQueyroy taire, he wrote that a young person in the legal profession sees the oily wheels of every fortune, the hideous wranethic which had gained him the esteem of society, in- gling of heirs over corpses not yet cold, the human heart tentionally gave little spending money to the boy.