Tag Archives: Lydgate

“Their Mutual Life”: Lydgate’s Double Consciousness and complicated ‘nodes’ of the web

Hi all! In chapters 64-67 of Middlemarch, George Eliot portrays the strain of debt on Lydgate and Rosamond’s married life. I would like to examine the connection between these two ‘nodes’ by noting Eliot’s diction and the way she constructs … Continue reading

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Reform & Its Challenges

As others have already discussed, modernism and reform are two themes essential in Middlemarch. In this section of the reading, the concepts of medical reform and scientific modernism are introduced. The arrival of “London-made M.D.” Lydgate (Eliot 417) is not … Continue reading

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Prejudice

A theme that stood out to me in this reading was the idea of prejudice, particularly surrounding Lydgate.  A large part of this section was about Lydgate’s developing relationships within society as he continues with his plans for his hospital. … Continue reading

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Outsider on His Way in

Lydgate is a newcomer to Middlemarch, but he quickly becomes an important player within the social group. He is met with many challenges as he starts to develop a role for himself in Middlemarch. His situation is rather unique in … Continue reading

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The Viewer and the Viewed: Lydgate’s Male Gaze

Towards the end of our assigned reading, Rosamond and the young promising doctor Lydgate encounter each other and converse. I couldn’t help but notice Eliot’s focus (pun intended) on lenses, sight and photographic explanations of the inner-workings of the characters’ … Continue reading

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