book report of Martin Eden

Topics: Jack London, Love, English-language films Pages: 2 (1051 words) Published: October 29, 2013

The Vanishing Love
-----Book report of Martin Eden
The Introduction of Marin Eden
Martin Eden, semiautobiographical novel by Jack London, published in 1909. The title character, Martin Eden, becomes a writer, hoping to acquire the respectability sought by his society-girl sweetheart, Ruth Morse. She spurns him, however, when his writing is rejected by several magazines and when he is falsely accused of being a socialist. Interestingly, Ruth tries to win him back after he achieves fame, but Eden realizes her love for him but not for the fame and fortune is false. Financially successful and robbed of connection to his own class, aware that his quest for bourgeois respectability was hollow, and devastated by the suicide of his mentor, Eden travels to the South Seas, where he jumps from the ship and drowns. So, the whole story is ended up with Martin’s suicide. The reason why I said that Martin Eden is another Jack London, or the book is a semiautobiographical novel, is that when Jack London wrote Martin Eden at age 33, he had already achieved international acclaim with The Call of the Wild, The Sea-Wolf and White Fang. However, London quickly became disillusioned with his fame and set sail through the South Pacific on a self-designed ketch called the Snark. On the grueling two-year voyage—as he struggled with tiredness and bowel diseases—he wrote Martin Eden, filling its pages with his frustrations, adolescent gang fights and struggles for artistic recognition. The character of Ruth Morse was modeled on Mabel Applegarth — the first love of London's life.

The main characters of this book (only mention the two in my report) 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...
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