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DOC ☆ North and South ´ Elizabeth Gaskell

DOC ☆ North and South ´ Elizabeth Gaskell When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town It's Pride and Prejudice for Socialists

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FREE PDF Æ BOOK North and South â When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering Of Milton Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill owner and self made man John Thornton as their fi So about 5 years ago a friend and I were fangirling about Jane Austen generally and debating the merits of the various film adaptations of Pride and Prejudice Colin Firth and Elizabeth Garvie from the 1980 BBC version FTW by the way and she says You have to watch this and hands me a couple of DVDs of North and South And I say thank you but I'm thinking to myself well Patrick Swayze was pretty hot back in the day but why on earth is she giving me DVDs of a US Civil War miniseries when all we've been talking about is Jane Austen?So the DVDs got lost in the depths of my entertainment center and I never watched them Then a year or so ago I met some GR friends who were all North and South Richard Armitage and lots of pictures only some of them shirtless accompanied this gushing And very gradually it dawned on me that just maybe my friend had something other than the Civil War in mind with those North South DVDs So I dug out the DVDs and blew off the dust Sure enough they contain Richard Armitage not Patrick Swayze So I confessed to her she got a good laugh out of it and I've actually both watched the DVDs now and read the book which I had never heard of before I joined Goodreads so thanks GR friends North and South was originally called Margaret but luckily Charles Dickens Elizabeth Gaskell's mentor changed her mind It's been called an industrial Pride and Prejudice and that's really not a bad description Most of the characters have pride in themselves and their own piece of English culture and prejudice against those whose ways are different and this is epitomized by the conflict between northern and southern ways of life in the novel Margaret Hale is from the South of England where the landed gentry and aristocracy are based; John Thornton is from the North city of Milton based on Manchester a center of the industrial revolution with self made men and workers who are starting to unionizeMargaret's family is forced by their reduced circumstances to move to Milton when her father dissents from the Church of England and leaves his living as a pastor to become a tutor Thornton a cotton mill owner is one of Mr Hale's students and at first he and Margaret strike sparks off each other in all the wrong ways although Thornton at least is very attracted to Margaret who isn't like any woman he's ever come across before in his life But both of them are prejudiced in favor of their own way of life and against the other's'You do not know the South Mr Thornton' she said collapsing into a determined silence and angry with herself for having said so much'And may I say that you do not understand the North?' asked he with an inexpressible gentleness in his tone as he saw that he had really hurt herWhile much of NS is the story of how these two very different people learn to see their own and their part of the country's shortcomings and gain appreciation for the other person and their way of life there is so much going on in this novel that it would be a real disservice to view it just as a love story Gaskell explores industrialization the unionization movement and the changing lives of all of the characters I could spend a long time talking about how she weaves in themes of prejudice understanding power and a person's duty to those he or she has power over and the roles of women and men in society Let's just say that Gaskell was a very advanced thinker for her time Others have uibbled over the ending of the book and I agree that it would have been nice to read about view spoilerthe relationship of Margaret and John once they finally get together hide spoiler

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North and SouthErce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attractionIn North and South Elizabeth Gaskell skillfully fuses individual feeling with social concern and in Margaret Hale creates one of the most original heroines of Victorian literatu A true masterpieceThis story is now buried in my molecules I can’t remove it even if I try if I cut my heart open with a scalpel and dig deep deep deep The blood pouring will still hum and whisper Elizabeth Gaskell’s words will sing about Thornton’s passion Margaret’s strength about love and social war and loss and pain and faith❝ Take care If you do not speak – I shall claim you as my own in some strange presumptuous way Send me away at once if I must go; – Margaret –❞Raised in the ways of English aristocracy despite her family’s rather poor finances Margaret Hale was content with her life her beloved Helstone with its fragrant roses and green trees helping her father’s fold But when her father decided to leave the Church and move to the industrial North Margaret found herself between dirty uneducated workers and tacky rude mill owners in the throes of Industrial Revolution Mr John Thornton the mill owner who became regular visitor of her house due to the unlikely friendship that blossomed between him and her father became her personal nemesis representing the lust for money and the lack of finesse Amidst strikes illnesses and terrible losses Margaret will see her life falling apart shaping and reshaping according to the whims of fate The uestion is what kind of person will she be in the end?Many compare North and South to Pride and Prejudice and at first glance the similarities are there Margaret is the embodiment of prejudice and pride when it comes to Mr Thornton and his profession with her stern refusal to actually open her eyes and see him But the core of North and South is something different altogether It is intense not only as regards the passionate love story but also as regards the heavy element of class antagonism social mobility and fight I struggle to find the words that will express the impact of this book on my very soul It is turbulence a maelstrom that cleansed my mind from thoughts about the present and filled my senses with wild emotions I suppose this is how falling in love feels like Ever since I finished it every time I think about it my heart swells like it can’t contain my strong bottomless affection; I let out such affection with tiny shallow breaths; my head is constantly buzzing never leaving the dirty streets and the heavy smoke of Milton; a sweet shiver jolts my body and my eyes sting when I recall all the reasons it is embedded in my veins It is the passion in heavy silences in heated arguments in awkward pauses in the beast of jealousy that devours Mr Thornton’s insides and the snake of Margaret’s prejudice ❝ He shrank from hearing Margaret's very name mentioned; he while he blamed her – while he was jealous of her – while he renounced her – he loved her sorely in spite of himself❞It is the love of a rejected lover a father a mother a son a brother a sister a daughter a friend ❝ Margaret was not a ready lover but where she loved she loved passionately and with no small degree of jealousy❞It is the faith along with the pertinent doubts struggles hesitation acceptance cowardice and strength ❝ Margaret the Churchwoman her father the Dissenter Higgins the Infidel knelt down together It did them no harm❞It is Margaret’s resilience the humble habit of swallowing her pain taming her agony and being the rock of her family I can’t count the times I was furious at her parents for burdening her with the problems that were theirs to deal with Her father for his inability to make decisions and her mother for not appreciating her efforts Margaret was a force to be reckoned with a combination of thunder and soft waves a scream in the dark and the chirp of a bird during a sunny day We should all learn something from Ms Margaret Hale ❝ I know you despise me; allow me to say it is because you do not understand me❞It is the social and political aspect The clash between industrial North and agricultural South The disgust of the aristocrat towards the nouveau riche The contempt of the merchant against the soft indolent aristocrat The lack of understanding that caused all the suffering The arguments in favor of the labor movement and the strikes of people despairing trying to feed their families and the arguments in favor of the employer’s right to use the money of the business he built through trials blood and sweat the way he sees fit I dangled between the two sides admiring their tenacity their belief in the righteousness of their cause I mourned the losses holding Bessy’s hand and wept at Thornton’s anguish In the end North and South is a hymn to humankind And since Elizabeth Gaskell masterfully depicts the beliefs of both sides of every clash it is impossible to pick one So you take the side of love The love of an ignorant young woman for a sick girl Of a mother for her disgraced son Of a proud man for the woman who can’t hide her distaste of him❝ I wanted to see the place where Margaret grew to what she is even at the worst time of all when I had no hope of ever calling her mine ❞A poem a lament a lullaby a war song North and South is a literary phenomenon a sublime novel a poignant and spirited story which deserves its place amongst classics