Author Archives: Anne Ewing

The Journey of the Heroes

Now that the novel has ended and come full circle back to England, I realized how well She follows Joseph Campbell’s archetype of the ‘Journey of the Hero,’ as the main male characters from England leave their familiar world and … Continue reading

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Eliot’s Hidden Heroine

From the beginning of Middlemarch, George Eliot has drawn me to the character of Dorothea, who I consider to be the heroine of the novel. Ironically though, she is not considered a heroine in the story, as in the community … Continue reading

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Inner Conflict: Religion and Temptation

In the first section of Middlemarch, I noticed in particular the dual nature of Dorothea’s character, and the inner conflict she experiences between her devout, religious side, and her human, passionate side that gives into her desires. I wondered, if … Continue reading

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Tension and Reason

Gabriel’s encounter with Mr. Murthwaite on Rachel’s birthday builds tension to foreshadow the coming mysterious events of the night, as well as characterizes Gabriel as a practical man that trusts his routines to deal with anxiety. The quarrel between the … Continue reading

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