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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Book Review North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

North and South reveals themes about class distinct, control and independence. Gaskell writes about people from different backgrounds that intensifies the drama in this terrific written book.The main characters who stick out in my mind are Mrs. Thornton and Miss Hale. These two characters give the reader a realistic image of the attitudes and beliefs during the time the novel takes place.

Gaskell has skills as a writer, this is especially shown in the Chapter False and Truth where she moves from the mind of Margaret  and Mr. Watson not missing a beat in her writing pace even during Mr. Watson's questioning.  The author weaves vivid scenes of the setting. Helstone becomes a fairy tale come true when Mr. Thornton visits the place. Milton's description is described in detail proving it is a tough and rough city to survive. The class distinct woes are not preachy however it express through the actions of the workers.  Control is a big issue in the book. The most disturbing to me is how the characters  Boucher and Margaret struggle with  the way  people perceive them and the way they must conform to society expectations. For these reasons, I recommend North and South.  
The negative part of the book is the difficulty reading through the dialogue of the book when the workers converse. This slow me down since I'm not familiar with it.

Having My Say

Margaret  puts up with a whole lot of mess and it has gotten to a point of ridiculous nonsense. The fact she follows her father to a place that unsuited from their former kind of living. Her mother or her couldn't question his reasons and somehow find a better place than Milton. Her mother Mrs. Hale slips in pity insult such as people love your brother and everybody love to get along with him unlike you. She never speaks much good about her daughter. The final draw for me has been that it is seen improper for  Margaret to visit her dying godfather Mr. Bell. What is the guy going to do in his dying state? So she waits until Captain Lennox pack a bag and go with her. Mr. Bell is dead when she arrives. Gaskell's reveals the absurdity in her Aunt's beliefs. This book is filled with annoying characters I couldn't stop reading it. One of the best is the maid who believes she is the best of Mrs. Hale's children.  Final thought, the mother, father, and maid should have kicked the bucket and be bury all together. Maybe then Margaret could have some peace.


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