Like her contemporary, Elizabeth Gaskell’s concern for social rights during the Industrial Revolution is apparent in her writings. Her first novel, Mary Barton is no exception.

 

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

Rated S – C

Had maybe three or five cuss words.

 

After losing her mother at a young age, the life of Mary Barton is one of continual grief, yet she is not the only one suffering. Death and misery is a constant companion to the working class. They sweat and toil for little pay while the employers seem to be reveling in comfort. John Barton, Mary’s father, is especially observant to this. According to him, the rich might as well be blamed for the death of his wife and other loved ones. He despises them. How far will his bitterness take him, and is it even justified?

Mary, on the other hand, has a dream. She was going to marry the rich Harry Carson! Gaining riches would solve every problem, right? Her father would no longer be in a depression caused by misery, and she’d be well to do for the rest of her life! But can riches really satisfy the human heart?

I learned so much from this book! Actually, I learned one very important lesson:

 No Matter Your Financial Circumstances Always Be Generous.  When one is tight on money, we tend to think, “I’ll wait to give until I have enough.” When we’re loaded, we hoard it and become greedy spending it on ourselves. You’re never going to have enough money if you keep making excuses for yourself! Make it a point to give. Material things are not going to last, so why do we constantly invest in them?

It may not seem all that interesting, but come on, I can’t give away the best parts of the book! This has seriously become one of my favorites, (I think I’ve become a Gaskellite…is that a fandom? It needs to be.) so you definitely need to check it out here.

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Introducing A Female Dickens

  1. First off, I love that lesson. I need to remember it myself. And second, Gaskell is wonderful. If there is such a thing as a Gaskellite, I’m one of them. I’ve never read this one, but now I really want to. Have you read her “North and South”? It’s just splendid. I know you’d like it. =)

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