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Jack London "Martin Eden"

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Oliver Pütsep

on 2 April 2013

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Transcript of Jack London "Martin Eden"

Oliver Pütsep Presentation Jack London Thank you for listening! John Griffith "Jack" London (January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone. London's Work Martin Eden is a novel about a young proletarian autodidact struggling to become a writer. "Martin Eden" The novel ends with Eden committing suicide by drowning, which contributed to what researcher Clarice Stasz calls the "biographical myth" that Jack London's own death was a suicide.
This is a story of a person climbing the fence to the greener grass and finding it was all an illusion. "Martin Eden" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Eden
http://entsyklopeedia.ee/artikkel/london_jack His work was very productive, yet inconsistent. It was
influenced by his own experiences and well-known philosophers
like Nietzsche. He has written 23 novels. He is best remembered as
the author of "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang", both set in the
Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life". Living in Oakland at the beginning of the 20th century, Martin Eden struggles to rise above his destitute, proletarian circumstances through an intense and passionate pursuit of self-education, hoping to achieve a place among the literary elite. His principal motivation is his love for Ruth Morse. Because Eden is a rough, uneducated sailor from a working-class background and the Morses are a bourgeois family, a union between them would be impossible until he reaches their level of wealth and refinement "Martin Eden" "Martin Eden" Martin Eden

A former sailor from a working-class background, who falls in love with the young, bourgeois Ruth and educates himself to become a writer, aiming to win her hand in marriage.
Ruth Morse

The young, bourgeois university student who captivates Eden while tutoring him in English. Though initially both attracted and repelled by his working-class background, she eventually decides that she loves him. They become engaged, with the condition that they cannot marry until her parents approve of his financial and social status.
Lizzie Connolly

A cannery worker who is rejected by Eden, who is already in love with Ruth. Initially, while Eden strives for education and culture, Lizzie's rough hands make her seem inferior to Ruth in his eyes. Despite this, Lizzie remains devoted to him. He feels an attachment to her because she has always loved him for who he is, and not for fame or money, as Ruth does.
Joe Dawson

Eden's boss at the laundry, who wins Eden over with his cheeriness and capacity for work, but lacks any ambition for self-improvement. He later becomes tired of working at the laundry and becomes a hobo.
Russ Brissenden

A sickly writer who encourages Eden to give up writing and return to the sea before city life swallows him up. Brissenden is a committed socialist and introduces Eden to a group of amateur philosophers that he calls the "real dirt". His final work, Ephemera, causes a literary sensation when Eden breaks his word and publishes it on the writer's death. "Martin Eden" Over a period of two years, Eden promises Ruth that success will come, but just before it does, Ruth loses her patience and rejects him in a letter, saying, "if only you had settled down ... and attempted to make something of yourself". By the time Eden attains the favour of the publishers and the bourgeoisie who had shunned him, he has already developed a grudge against them and become jaded by toil and unrequited love. Instead of enjoying his success, he retreats into a quiet indifference, interrupted only to rail mentally against the genteelness of bourgeois society or to donate his new wealth to working-class friends and family. Pros and Cons It's a brilliantly written piece, which made it really easy to read, it
was really hard to put down.
But difficult vocabulary made it sometimes challenging.
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