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Social and Spiritual Energy in Middlemarch - Social and Spiritual Energy in Middlemarch   I do not believe that it is sufficient to say that Middlemarch explores the ways in which social and spiritual energy can be frustrated; it would be more appropriate to say that Middlemarch explores the ways in which social and spiritual energies (ideals if you will) are completely destroyed and perverted. One need only look to Lydgate to see an example of idealism being destroyed by the environment in which it is found. At the start of the novel, we are introduced to the "young, poor and ambitious" and most of all idealistic Doctor Lydgate, who has great plans for the fever hospital in Middlemarch....   [tags: Eliot Middlemarch Essays] 2140 words
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The Theme of Marriage in Middlemarch - The Theme of Marriage in Middlemarch     One of the central themes that runs through Middlemarch is that of marriage. Indeed, it has been argued that Middlemarch can be construed as a treatise in favor of divorce. I do not think that this is the case, although there are a number of obviously unsuitable marriages. If it had been Elliot's intention to write about such a controversial subject, I believe she would not have resorted to veiling it in a novel. She illustrates the different stages of relationships that her characters undergo, from courtship through to marriage: A fellow mortal with whose nature you are acquainted with solely through the brief entrances and exits of a few imag...   [tags: Eliot Middlemarch Essays]
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Marriage as Slavery in Middlemarch - Marriage as Slavery in Middlemarch One of George Eliot's challenges in Middlemarch is to depict a sexually desirous woman, Dorothea, within the confines of Victorian literary propriety. The critic, Abigail Rischin, identifies the moment that Dorothea's future husband, Ladislaw, and his painter-friend see her alongside an ancient, partially nude statue of the mythic heroine, Ariadne, in a museum in Rome as the key to Eliot's sexualization of this character. Ariadne is, in the sculpture, between her two lovers....   [tags: Eliot Middlemarch Essays]
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Use of the Epigraph in George Eliot's Middlemarch - Use of the Epigraph in George Eliot's Middlemarch The epigraph is an unusual, though not uncommon, form of citation. It is a part of the text yet distinct from it. White space and specialized formatting, such as italics, separate the epigraph from the main text, thereby challenging the reader to determine the relationship between the two. Unlike a typical quotation, which dwells in the midst of the text, illuminating one point in the argument, the epigraph's unique positioning prior to the body of the text highlights particular ideas, words, or images and thereby guides the reading of the entire argument....   [tags: Eliot Middlemarch Essays]
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The Motifs of Furniture and Yoke in George Eliot's Middlemarch - The Motifs of Furniture and Yoke in George Eliot's Middlemarch "'You have not made my life pleasant to me of late'-'the hardships which our marriage has brought on me'-these words were stinging his imagination as a pain makes an exaggerated dream (667)." On the list of life's complexities, marriage, perhaps, reigns at the top. George Eliot's Middlemarch exhumes many of the complicated facets of marriage from a Victorian England milieu. Although the character spectrum in Middlemarch includes diversity in social class, the bulk of players are members of the aristocracy....   [tags: Eliot Middlemarch Essays]
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Middlemarch by George Eliot and Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy - Middlemarch by George Eliot and Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy The Victorian era brought about many changes throughout Great Britain. Man was searching for new avenues of enlightenment. The quest for knowledge and understanding became an acceptable practice throughout much of the scientific community. It was becoming accepted, and in many ways expected, for people to search for knowledge. Philosophy, the search for truth, was becoming a more intricate part of educating ones self; no longer were people holding on to old-fashioned ideas....   [tags: Middlemarch eliot Jude Hardy Essays] 1445 words
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Middlemarch - Middlemarch, a Victorian novel written by George Elliot, depicts a realistic view of a conventional society in the eighteenth century. Middlemarch, the town in England where the setting of the novel takes place, embodies many provincial characters who are affected by the social world where they live and interact with each other. The novel focuses on many of the characters and their relationships as part of a whole in a human social web. Among the many characters, the main ones include: Dorothea Brooke, a beautiful, good, and caring young woman, but very naïve and idealistic; Edward Casaubon, a boring old scholar who marries Dorothea; Rosamond Vincy, a gorgeous young woman, but very egoistic...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Elliot] 2349 words
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Middlemarch - In her novel Middlemarch, George Eliot’s job is to compare different types of existence and their relevance to one another—where each character is faced with a struggle to resolve his/hers desires with the realities of life. In the novel, both the character of Dorothea Brooke and Dr. Lydgate share a similar form of imagination, where both create an image in their mind of the ideal marriage. Such images can be seen as illusions and it is through these illusions the characters must surrender to reality, as they must make an effort to understand the desires that sparked their imagination from the start, and must attempt to make peace with their existing situations....   [tags: Literary Analysis, George Eliot] 1557 words
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Middlemarch by George Eliot - Fellowship is a method of connection in Middlemarch. With imagination, fellowship can be viewed as positive because it helps characters develop hope. Right before the meeting between Dorothea and Lydgate, the narrator describes Dorothea as “she was full of confident hope about this interview with Lydgate, never heeding what was said of his personal reserve; never heeding that she was a very young woman. Nothing could have seemed more irrelevant to Dorothea than insistence on her youth and sex when she was moved to show her human fellowship” (Eliot 761)....   [tags: marriage, fellowship, dorothea, Lydgate]
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Significance of Secrets in George Elliot's Middlemarch - Secrets in Middlemarch Secrets are the integral driving force behind the plot of George Elliot’s Middlemarch. From the first paragraph when a young girl and her brother try to leave to save the world, to when Rosamond tries to sabotage Dorothea and Will, secrets abound. The time period Middlemarch was written about seems to be fraught with the keeping of secrets. The idea of wives keeping secrets from their husbands, husbands from their wives, parents from children, and vice versa is not a foreign thought, but the amount of surreptitiousness is astounding....   [tags: literary analysis] 1058 words
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Imagery Between Genders in Middlemarch by Eliot - The relationships between genders have been topics of discussions for many years. How genders relate to one another, their similarities in situations and how very different they can encounter comparative life tribulations including roles imposed by society. When analyzing the characters Dorothea Brooke, Tertuis Lydgate, and Edward Casaubon we can identify issues that genders have in common and how they deal with them. Middlemarch by George Eliot uses imagery and language to illustrate how the genders face similar issues of dissatisfaction and societal concerns throughout the novel....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The Narrative Voice of Middlemarch and Wuthering Heights - During the nineteenth century, the novel as a form underwent a radical development and authors of prose fiction began to allow their creativity to intertwine with realist conventions. Authors such as Charles Dickens and George Eliot created a new kind of imaginative prose writing, which straddled the cusp of imagination and reality. Prior to this, the conventions of the novel were far more historical and factual than the novels of the nineteenth century – many authors at this point seemed to find it difficult to refrain from drawing their own experiences into their work - and the novel as a form was considered by many to be a very middle class idea, as the rise of the novel coincided with th...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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George Eliot's Middlemarch - In George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Will Ladislaw is introduced as Mr. Casaubon’s young cousin. He is seen in the gardens at Lowick Manor and described as “a gentleman with a sketch book […] and light brown curls” (49). Mr. Casaubon describes him as a young man who with a mercurial temperament, general inclination to resist responsibility and an affinity towards grand artistic endeavors. Later in the book, town gossip Mrs. Cadwallader refers to him as “a dangerous little sprig […] with his opera song and his ready tongue....   [tags: victorian literature, literary analysis]
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Society's Oppression in Madame Bovary and Middlemarch - Oppression of characters is usually fuelled by external causes. In the case of Madame Bovary and Middlemarch, external causes like gender norms result in the oppression of women. In Madame Bovary, society's expectations of a wifely figure restricts Emma's desire to climb the social ladder. In Middlemarch, the dogmas about female intellectual abilities propagated by characters like Lydgate and Casaubon hinder Dorothea's ability to become an intellectual within society. Critic Howard Kushner writes that “ideology......   [tags: Gender Norms, Literary Analysis]
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Middlemarch: The Web of Affinities, by Gillian Beer - In ‘Middlemarch: The Web of Affinities’, Gillian Beer traces the influence that Darwin had on the work of George Elliot. In her analysis of Darwin’s metaphor of ‘the inextricable web of affinities’, Beer quotes the central notions inherent in “The Origin of the Species”, as well as its implications for Eliot’s writing. Darwin writes that we it is possible for us to see, distinctly, the manner in which all ‘living and extinct beings are able to be linked together in one extensive classification, and the manner in which the many components of each category is bound up together....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Darwinism] 806 words
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Moral Philosophy in Middlemarch by George Eliot - George Eliot’s novel Middlemarch, presents the story of an entire community in a rising town around 1830. However, this essay will primarily focus on the interactions between Nicholas Bulstrode and Will Ladislaw. Nicholas Bulstrode is a respectable banker, however he made his fortune through shady business practices. On the other hand, Will Ladislaw is a struggling artist with very little to his name. Bulstrode arranges a meeting with Ladislaw shortly after Bulstrode learns that one of his former employees, Raffles, had discovered the origins of Bulstrode’s wealth and has been blackmailing him....   [tags: Nicholas Bulstrode, Will Ladislaw]
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Summary of Middlemarch - After their parents die, Celia and Dorothea Brooke go to live with their uncle Mr. Brooke at Tipton Grange in Middlemarch, a small town in the English countryside. Dorothea, the beautiful, clever sister, immediately attracts the attention of Sir James Chettam, but with her always present desire to be useful, Dorothea has eyes only for the older, scholarly Mr. Casaubon. Against the desires of many in the Middlemarch community, Dorothea and Casaubon are married. In the meantime, the lives of another pair of would-be lovers becomes quite complicated....   [tags: essays research papers] 842 words
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The Real World: Reality in Middlemarch - What makes Middlemarch such a realistic novel is the situations and the characters in the novel are applicable to everyday life. Although the novel is fictitious, many of the characters are not overly inflated into superfluous unrealistic personalities; rather, they are relatable descriptions of everyday people. The situations may sometimes be dramatic, but no more so than in real life. The settings and the surroundings in the town of Middlemarch are also appropriate with those of reality. The aspects of reality and realism throughout Middlemarch provide a much stronger connection and relationship with the reader....   [tags: European Literature] 694 words
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Narrative Perspecitve and Voice in Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice and George Elliot's Middlemarch - Narrative perspective and voice is a major aspect of a novella as Jeremy Hawthorn suggests in Studying the Novel, “[s]ource and medium affect the selection, the authority and the attitude towards what is recounted of the narrative” The narrative perspective can be used to shape or in some cases mis-shape the story. Looking at both Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and George Eliot’s Middlemarch, the narrators of these novellas hold a quality of influence over the reader. Through comparing and contrasting how the two different authors have used the narrative perspective to develop their novels, through voice, linguistic register, free indirect discourse and narrative distance in respect to...   [tags: literary analysis of the novella genre]
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A Feminist Literary Stance, Roles of Women in Henrik Ibsen’s Play A Doll’s House and George Eliot’s Novel Middlemarch - A feminist literary stance, roles of women in Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House & George Eliot’s novel Middlemarch Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and George Eliot’s Middlemarch are based on events from their personal experiences. The events that lead Ibsen to feel the need to write A Doll’s House makes his approach on the feminist stance a bit more unusual from other writers. Ibsen shows his realist style through modern views and tones that are acted out by the characters in this infamous story....   [tags: critical analysis, literary criticism] 1541 words
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Life of George Eliot aka Mary Ann Evans - George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) lived from 1819 to 1880. She was raised in a very traditional family. Her father was a farmer who managed various estates, and he made certain that his daughter was given a very strict Methodist education. She attended a series of boarding schools where she learned that which was typical for a young lady in the early part of the nineteenth century -- subjects such as French, piano, and handwriting. While at these boarding schools, she frequently turned to fiction as a form of amusement, establishing at an early age the foundation upon which her later novels would be based....   [tags: essays research papers] 621 words
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The Realism Era - The realism era is one of the most over looked time frames for literature during the last 5 centuries. In the mid 1800s through the mid 1900s some of the most famous authors and novels arose. During the realist era, literature took a turn, around 1820 the romantic era changed, and the progress of this new era began. Realism was different from the romantic era because realism narrates the literary works through an objective, unbiased perspective (Realism 654). In fact the narrator is not a character in the story rather an invisible presence that remains outside of the realm of the story (Rahn)....   [tags: Writers, Themes, Socioeconomic, Culture]
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Authenticity in Northanger Abbey - Northanger Abbey:  Authenticity         In what is for Jane Austen an uncharacteristically direct intervention, the narrator of Northanger Abbey remarks near the end: "The anxiety, which in the state of their attachment must be the portion of Henry and Catherine, and of all who loved either, as to its final event, can hardly extend, I fear, to the bosom of my readers, who will see in the tell-tale compression of the pages before them, that we are all hastening together to perfect felicity." As far as I know this is the only overt reference Austen ever makes to the material nature of her medium, and the relationship of that materiality to generic conventions....   [tags: Northanger Abbey] 1529 words
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Impact of the Industrial Revolution on History - Evolution is life, as life is constantly changing. During Histories most important periods the world changes drastically. According to historians, two of these periods have taken place, and one of them was the Industrial Revolution (Miller, 492). Like its name suggests the Industrial Revolution had to do with the evolving Industry. It was a period during the 18th and 19th centuries marked by social and technological change in which manufacturing began to rely (INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, Timeline Index)....   [tags: Industrial Revolution, informative] 2328 words
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Analysis of the Works of Thomas Hardy - Hardy lived a great part of his life in the 19th century. That was an age where the development of Darwin's theory of species had shaken the faith and belief in God of many Christians. As a result, new materialistic and atheist ideas were developed supporting the ideas of Darwin in denying the role of God in the process of Creation. Indeed, the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species swept over England as a flood that paved the way for many liberal thinkers who rejected traditional religion in favour of materialism....   [tags: Text Analysis] 1326 words
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19th Century Changes for Europe and America - ... Perhaps the most famous musician to come out of the Enlightenment is Mozart, whose classical works are still widely famous today. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is also a classic example of Enlightenment ideals in a novel. The novel’s main themes center around Enlightenment principals, exploration, pursuit of knowledge and scientific advancement. One could argue that the age of Enlightenment was inspiration for many other large artistic movements that followed. Following in the wake of Enlightenment was the Romantic era....   [tags: enlightenment, romanticism, realism] 1468 words
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I Want to Be Physician Assistant - ... Once one has completed the program they must take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of the Physician Assistant. Once one has passed the PANCE, they are officially a certified Physician Assistant. A Physician assistant practices medicine under the direction of a physician, and can nearly do anything regarding medicine. What exactly are some of the thing a physician assistant does on a day to day basis. Physician Assistants perform physical examinations and take medical histories....   [tags: career choices and opportunities] 1173 words
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Virginia Woolf's Narrative Technique in A Room of One's Own -   "Like most uneducated Englishwomen, I like reading." Can these words really belong to Virginia Woolf, an "uneducated Englishwoman" who knew half a dozen languages, who authored a shelf's length of novels and essays, who possessed one of the most rarified literary minds of the twentieth century. Tucked into the back pages of A Room of One's Own, this comment shimmers with Woolf's typically wry and understated sense of humor. She jests, but she means something very serious at the same time: as a reader, she worries about the state of the writer, and particularly the state of the female writer....   [tags: A Room of One's Own Essays]
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Intellectual Property in the Age of the Internet - Intellectual Property in the Age of the Internet When Tim Berners-Lee created the Internet as a non-proprietor, not-for-profit information conduit, he could not have predicted how controversial digitized intellectual property would become. Prior to the Internet, intellectual property was a fairly straightforward issue. It was protected with copyright, trademark, and patent legislations, which granted exclusive rights to owners. Violations were not as abundant because distribution was constrained by time and space....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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The History and Literary Context of Silas Marner - The History and Literary Context of Silas Marner Silas Marner was written in 1860 by Mary Ann (Marian) Evans, better known under the pen name of George Eliot. She used this name for several reasons; for one, she'd had affairs with a variety of unsuitable men, which was greatly frowned upon in those days, and she rightly thought this could affect her career as a successful novelist. For another reason, women authors were looked down upon by critics and indeed, society, so she felt sure she would have a greater chance of success under a male name....   [tags: English Literature] 1694 words
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19th-Century Medicine in the United Kingdom - 19th-Century Medicine in the United Kingdom Professor comments: In this paper, the student synthesizes several sources about nineteenth-century medicine and medical education into a focused and coherent essay that provides information about aspects of this topic especially relevant to understanding Lydgate's position in Middlemarch: the differences among physicians, apothecaries, and surgeons, both in terms of training and duties on the one hand, social status on the other; the processes by which someone obtained a medical education and became a licensed practitioner; and the differences in English, Scottish, and French training....   [tags: European History Historical Essays]
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Capitalism vs. Art - Capitalism vs. Art Works Cited Missing When an unpopular Irish playwright for the British stage said that art imitates life, no one really cared. Farquhar, a failed-actor-turned writer/director didn't really begin writing his most famous works until he was close to death, but most of his quotable notions and wit were recorded early in his life. He said this particular phrase after he killed a friend of his, and fellow actor by stabbing him with a rapier on the stage after mistaking it for a blunt foil....   [tags: Sociology Sociological Essays] 1671 words
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Women's Brain - Women's Brain When you look up the dictionary, the definition of 'Science' is "a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws" (Webster's dictionary). In order to make a truth, many scientists take the time to observe or test with scientific method. In nineteenth century, there are some incorrect truths even if it looks like truths logically arranged by scientific method because the scientists understood the priori that already assumed the outcome would be the same as their predictions....   [tags: Papers] 551 words
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Daniel Deronda - Daniel Deronda Daniel Deronda, the final novel published by George Eliot, was also her most controversial. Most of Eliot’s prior novels dealt largely with provincial English life but in her final novel Eliot introduced a storyline for which she was both praised and disparaged. The novel deals not only with the coming of age of Gwendolyn Harleth, a young English woman, but also with Daniel Deronda’s discovery of his Jewish identity. Through characters like Mirah and Mordecai Cohen, Eliot depicts Jewish cultural identity in the Victorian period....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Realist Writing - In looking at the realist frame of reference for Gissing's New Grub Street what the reader expected to receive was a story of literary endeavour and romantic interest. The structure of the novel has as its template the interweaving stories of two couples, rather in the manner of the greatest realist novel Middlemarch. With the careful observation of type and social class there is a resonance with Dickens' work which Gissing knew and critiqued, and was after all the mainstay of the late Victorian reading public....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 3218 words
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