In The Sea-Wolf, to take one example, although there is a wealth of incident, the actions revolve around the three central characters. No broad social canvas is painted.
Aspects of different societies are prevalent throughout his work and the class struggle between different classes of characters is apparent in his writing.
Although not an autobiography much of his writing can appear to include his personal views on life. Martin Eden, the protagonist created by London begins as a petty seaman works his his way to the upper class of society.
Through self-determination and self-education he is able to become a member of the bourgeois. Writers with styles similar to London in that they all write in the same style in that shows the struggle of the poor and their climb to the upper class only to see that it reveals a faux ideal.
Alice Hoffman author of Here On Earth appears to hold many of the same beliefs as Martin which are seen throughout her novel. Martin Eden was forced to make his own living.
Eden was never given anything and had to work to gain everything he wanted. Everyday struggles included finding the simple necessities of food and shelter.
As a poor sailor, Eden looked around and saw the ideals of the bourgeois. Through the eyes of Eden the Bourgeois were the educated, wealthy, and were what Martin desired to become.
He dreams of becoming educated and belonging to the upper class; ultimately he finds one small connection that opens up a new world to the once struggling seaman. The Morse family was all Martin dreamed of, he viewed them, as them part of a perfect society and Ruth was the focal point of it.!
Ruth was heavenly like a flower; her culture and sophistication stimulated him. Introduction to this new class surprised Martin. The library, a new idea to him, becomes his new haven. Although he lacked both the time and money necessary for a traditional education between sailing he began his way to self-education.
In the beginning Martin was separated from Ruth because of their class difference, but as this yearning for education developed he and Ruth become involved.
Through his studying he soon developed a love for writing and although he was still a sailor he continued to develop a passion for something new to his mind. Discovering the world of writing and literature he was able to take himself places he had never dreamed he would be.
His climb to the upper class was a big struggle for him in his life. When he achieves opulence, Martin feels as if he is still not accepted as a true member of the elite. He believes that he is still the same Martin Eden, his fame has only changed his image not his character.
Why had he not invited him to dinner than? He had not changed. He was the same Martin Eden. What made the difference?
This is the same rejection that Hollis experiences at the hands of Hank and their eronics. The age-old argument of new money vs. At one point another prominent author, F. Hover, their dedication to assuming the identity of the rich causes them misery and sorrow and eventually leads to a tragic death.
His laboring leads to his eventual success and his emotional downfall. London explores a key question; Is it worth the trouble to gain prestige and wealth but to lose your livelihood? Through Martin Eden London explores the struggle between classes.Martin Eden, Free Study Guides and book notes including comprehensive chapter analysis, complete summary analysis, author biography information, character profiles, theme analysis, metaphor analysis, and top ten quotes on classic literature.
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