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The Eponymous Heroine of Eugenie Grandet is far too gullible to be a Credible Character

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The Eponymous Heroine of Eugenie Grandet is far too gullible to be a Credible Character Eugenie Grandet is a novel written by Honore de Balzac which narrates the life of Eugenie and her family. The main characters of the novel are Monsieur Grandet, Madame Grandet, Charles Grandet and Eugenie herself. Most characters are stereotypical in some aspects, and this makes us question whether the characters are credible to the readers. By analyzing their personality, consistency, development and depth of the characters their credibility can be checked to see if they are credible enough to make a realistic novel. The three characters which will be analyzed are Eugenie, Monsieur Grandet and Charles. Eugenie was a very innocent gullible character. She was very na�ve and had lived all her live protected by her parents, and she would rarely leave her house, and when she did it was only to go to the church. This took away her independence and made her a very deceivable character. As she was also rich, this made her a very interesting prospect for young men, who tried to marry her while being interested only in her father's money, as this quotation shows: "This underground struggle between the Cruchots and the des Grassins for the prize of Eugenie Grandet's hands was watched by all citizens of Saumur...". ...read more.


These examples of development and consistency on her actions help to build a more credible character. Another character that should be observed is Monsieur Grandet. He is a miser, and money is by far his top priority. An example of this is when he is informed that his brother had committed suicide and was bankrupt, he thought it was worse news to know that he was bankrupt than that he was dead. Monsieur Grandet is a very smart man, and everything he does is backed up by second intentions. He is extremely rich, and even though he still tried to economize in very little things, such as sugar. A man that has over 17 million francs surely wouldn't have sugarless coffee so that he wouldn't have to buy the sugar. This exaggeration is an attempt of the author to create a stereotypical miser. This takes away some of his credibility. On the other point of view it can be observed that he acts consistently all throughout the novel, which makes him more credible. His reactions also are acceptable to a person with his personality, for example when he stops her daughter's punishment and tries to be as nice as he can to her after he is told that she has the right to a large part of her mother's inheritance. ...read more.


Charles stopped writing the letter in the most critical point, in which he would probably talk about Eugenie's money. This leaves a certain mystery for the readers, but on the other hand it takes away some credibility because it would be very improbable for him to stop writing the letter exactly at this point. However this lack of certainty of our part, and the way he is shown to have the same weaknesses humans have makes him a very credible character overall. From what we have observed, it can be concluded that the author tries to make the characters credible but at the same time try to make them stereotypical in some ways to criticize the society. Each of these characters have a different main aim in their life, for Mr. Grandet it was the gold, For Eugenie it was Charles and for Charles it was his social position. It is not possible to make a certain statement of whether a certain character is credible or not because this is a very personal thing and different people may have different opinions, but overall Balzac has been able to give the readers an impression of reality in the novel, which means that the characters were credible. Kristian Huber 10H English A1 SL Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

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