Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Power of Death

I tried to read The Lifted Veil with an eye out for every instance of the word ‘veil’. Originally, the word is used to describe what mysteriously blocks Latimer from knowing what is in Bertha’s mind and soul. On page … Continue reading

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Eyes = Veil

In “The Lifted Veil”, Eliot does not actually refer to a physical veil at all. It seems interesting that even though Latimer and Bertha get married, the wedding is condensed into one sentence and all the wedding details are ignored. … Continue reading

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Narrative Perspective in The Lifted Veil

Eliot’s choice of first person dissonant narrative stance for her novella The Lifted Veil was no coincidence. Her sole first-person fiction piece, “The Lifted Veil”’s unique narrative stance places an emphasis on the complex and tortured psychological world of its … Continue reading

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Saving Grace or Curse?

In The Lifted Veil, Latimer, the narrator, constantly attempts to explain his thoughts and emotions. On the surface, his endeavor appears to be a success. He explains his cold relationship with his father, his rivalry with his brother, his confusing … Continue reading

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Blissful Ignorance

George Eliot’s talent for blending reality and fantasy in Latimer’s mental state is by far one of the most compelling aspects of The Lifted Veil. His ability to read people’s thoughts and motivations and to experience visions of the future … Continue reading

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Taking A Physical Break Before Marriage

Similar to the romance plot within Jane Eyre, the courtship between Mr. Thorton and Margaret within North and South can only occur after a period of physical separation. This period of semi-isolation from one another is necessary for each character … Continue reading

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Two Scenes, The Same Themes

The book’s final scene, in which Margaret accepts Thornton’s proposal of marriage after offering to keep his business afloat, is its natural conclusion, and one that Gaskell sets up earlier in the novel. The book ends just where its main action … Continue reading

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The Cup and The Bible

I was moved and struck by the parallelism between the two gifts given in the chapter “Margaret’s Flittin.” Firstly, Margaret visits the Higgins’ household, hoping to say goodbye to Nicholas. Although Nicholas is absent, Mary gives Margaret a parting gift … Continue reading

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Money and Morals

Thornton, at his lowest point, says to Margaret, “Happy and fortunate in all a man cares for, he does not understand what it is to find oneself no longer young—yet thrown back to the starting-point which requires the hopeful energy … Continue reading

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The Implications of Margaret’s Inheritance According to Edith

“ ‘Is not Margaret the heiress?’ whispered Edith to her husband, as they were in their room alone at night after the sad journey to Oxford. She had pulled his tall head down, and stood upon tiptoe, and implored him … Continue reading

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