The Mill on the Floss Essay

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  • The Mill On The Floss

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    In George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss, one of the long, resounding themes of the novel is the nature of love and how it changes people over time. While a loving nature is generally regarded as a noble if not redeemable trait in literary characters, especially in Victorian literature where the idea of marrying for love was gaining popularity, protagonist Maggie Tulliver subverted that idea. It was because of Maggie’s all consuming familial love for her brother Tom, platonic love for Philip, and

  • Literary Analysis Of The Mill On The Floss

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    The Mill on the Floss was unlike any production I’ve ever seen. Over and over again, different production choices made me raise an eyebrow, but after chewing on them, those deliberate decisions made sense. Ultimately, the play’s use of unrealistic elements served as a means for the audience to step further into Maggie’s life and to glean greater meaning from the production. This could be seen in numerous places throughout the play: when cousin Lucy was portrayed as a doll, when Maggie was portrayed

  • Analysis Of Mill On The Floss By George Eliot

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    This research report reviews scholarly criticism on the much debated character MAGGIE TULLIVER from the book Mill on the floss written by George Eliot. The project I propose analyses Maggie’s character as a whole. The report will begin by discussing the critics point of view of various reasons responsible for the death of Maggie Tulliver. The report then focuses on how society and how her relationships lead to her downfall from the point of view of various critics. A part of my report also critically

  • Character Analysis OfThe Mill On The Floss

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    The sharp and unruly main character of The Mill on the Floss is Maggie Tulliver. She is a “‘gell gone nine,’” at the outset of the story, the daughter of the miller Mr. Tulliver, and lives with her family on the banks of the Floss (Eliot 8, 9, 12). When Mr. and Mrs. Tulliver begin discussing the issue of Tom's education in their first conversation of the story, they segue into discussion of his sister. While Mrs. Tulliver derides Maggie for being unsensible, brown-skinned, and altogether unlike her

  • Characters In George Eliot's The Mill On The Floss

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    George Eliot is a verbose writer, and is exceedingly descriptive when it comes to her characters in The Mill on the Floss. Three central characters Eliot paints with an especially detailed and many-layered brush are Maggie, Tom, and Mr. Tulliver. Mr. Tulliver is a decently prosperous farmer, the proprietor of Dorlcote Mill, and the father of Maggie and Tom. In the first dialogue of the story, we learn that Mr. Tulliver’s desire “‘is to give Tom a good eddication, an eddication as’ll be a bread to

  • What Is The Character Of George Eliot'sThe Mill On The Floss

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    Throughout The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot embodies the struggle between following one’s temperament and containing one’s natural tendencies in the character of Maggie Tulliver. As the novel follows her coming of age, Maggie grows from being an impulsive, dreamy child to a young woman who struggles with subduing her passions. In containing her personality, Maggie struggles internally; and this containment further manifests in her hair, one of her most noteworthy features. Unruly in her childhood

  • Familial Connections In Helen Edmundson's The Mill On The Floss

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    Familial ties are what has the most influence on a person. In The Mill on the Floss, written by Helen Edmundson, Tom was the most influential person in shaping Maggie because she loved him greatly. Each time she changes herself it is triggered by Tom’s actions and each version of Maggie portrays a different aspect of Tom’s influences. Ultimately, Tom is the reason that Maggie changes herself this can be seen in many of their interactions. From the beginning of the play, it can be seen how much love

  • George Eliot’S The Mill On The Floss, We Follow The Protagonist,

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    George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss, we follow the protagonist, Maggie Tulliver who has been mistreated by her family and even her older brother Tom whom she puts on a pedestal. It is clear from the beginning of the book that the relationship between these two is, to some degree, abusive. In it, Maggie relies heavily on Tom for approval and love whereas Tom is strict and demeaning towards his younger sister. Tom and their family’s actions towards Maggie heavily shaped her character. The unhealthy

  • Identity of Women in Shelley's Frankenstein, Bronte's Jane Eyre, and Eliot's The Mill on the Floss

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    Identity of Women in Shelley's Frankenstein, Bronte's Jane Eyre, and Eliot's The Mill on the Floss George Eliot is quoted as stating: "A woman's hopes are woven of sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them" (Miner 473). To extend this notion, Jean Giraudoux in Tiger at the Gates, states "I have been a woman for fifty years, and I've never been able to discover precisely what it is I am" (474). These two statements are related to each other because they express, in large part, the dilemma facing Mary

  • Account for George Eliots Decision to Give Maggie a Tragic Ending

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    There are several ways in which George Eliot's decision to give Maggie a tragic ending in The Mill on the Floss can be substantiated. The examination of Maggie's character in relation to her family and the society of St Oggs, a bustling commercial town is a major factor to acknowledge. Consideration should also be given to the suggestion that the creation of Maggie's character and the hopeless inevitability of her ultimate demise, was an attempt by Eliot to highlight the social realities that existed