By Mike Edwards
This quantity courses scholars via Eliot's most generally studied novels: The Mill at the Floss, Silas Marner and Middlemarch. the 1st a part of the ebook relies on research of extracts grouped via issues together with relationships, society and morality. on the finish of every bankruptcy , a "Methods" part bargains rules for self sustaining learn. the second one half describes Eliot's biographical, cultural and highbrow setting, and offers readings of consultant severe writing.
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Dorlcote Mill is brought before us in a nostalgic tone to represent a past that cannot be reclaimed. The world of Silas Marner is characterised by friendlessness and isolation. Middlemarch begins like a typical Victorian story of orphanage; but we Beginnings 27 cannot be sure of its ending with the rediscovery of a lost patronage. This consistent strand in Eliot’s writing may be linked to her own history. • Moral vision. George Eliot’s moral perspective does not emerge at all clearly from the opening of The Mill on the Floss, but is implied in Silas Marner in references to the Evil One, and in Middlemarch in allusions to St Teresa, the Bible and the Blessed Virgin as background to Dorothea’s aspirations to live by the light of Christianity.
What kind of thing is discussed: characters or ideas, action or setting? Is the interest dominated by one character or spread among a few? • Then it is often useful to see whether the passage under study seems to fall into sections, as the paragraph from Middlemarch above does. Then you can more easily look at the development of ideas from one section to another. Often the passage will be split physically into convenient separate paragraphs. • Think about the setting. Is it town or country, social or environmental, realistic or imaginary?
The water suggests innocence and simplicity; beyond that, it links with the sap of affection and contrasts with the withering that were mentioned at the beginning of the paragraph. The unremarkable brown pot contains, then, the universal symbol of fertility. The incident of its breaking is recorded in language dramatised by alliteration and consonance (‘stumbled . . step . . stile . . stones . . stuck’, ‘falling with force’, ‘overarched . . ditch’, ‘pot . . picked . . pieces . . propped .
George Eliot: The Novels (Analysing Texts) by Mike Edwards