A Balzac novel, with a couple of themes and issues that it works on. Book develops around 2 characters - Eugéne de Rastignac and Goriot. Rastignac is a poor law student that comes from and old noble family from south of France. He lives in a "hotel" of miss Vaquer, in which Goriot also lives. Rastignac tries to make his place in society and became someone. In Paris, he meets his aunt that introduces him to life of the nobles. Rastignac understands that he'll achieve nothing by being honest and just, and he tries to make a name for himself. He meets Goriot's 2 daughters, and later finds that out, and learns of Goriot's life. He makes good friends with Goriot, and tries to seduce one his daughters. Le Pére Goriot resembles Shakespeare's king Lear, as he is also opssessed with giving everything he has to his children. Goriot's love knows no boundaries, and beacuse of that he dies all alone, with no money or friends. The second issue is the ambition of a small-time young, destitude man to succeed in life in the big city.