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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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“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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The Despair of Middlemarch

I was particularly fond of the following quote, and it is thus the theme of my discussion: “But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope” (468). [Narration after Will laments that he and … Continue reading

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Rosamond and Lydgate’s Union

As we’ve been discussing so extensively in class, Middlemarch consists of an entire social network of intricate ties, and one such classification of these relationships lies in the marriage that occur throughout the text. In particular, the narrator discusses Rosamond … Continue reading

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The Conflict Between the Interior and the Exterior

Within the first few chapters I noticed Eliot’s repetition of the adjectives “inner” and “outer” (and their synonyms).  When Mrs. Casaubon frustrates Mr. Casaubon the narrator describes his speech as “not indeed entirely an improvisation, but had taken shape in … Continue reading

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