Marriage in "Middlemarch" Analytical Essay by RightRiters

Marriage in "Middlemarch"
This paper presents a detailed examination of the "Middlemarch" by George Eliot especially the themes about Victorian marriages.
# 23787 | 2,435 words | 4 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 16, 2003 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Women Studies (Marriage)

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This paper compares Victorian marriages portrayed in "Middlemarch" by George Eliot to today's marriages which are much more open and equal. The paper author points out that there are many examples in the novel of women being overlooked for possible abilities to the business world and concludes that in the Victorian era, the Victorian marriages went hand in hand with the squashing of women who had ambitions. The paper author believes that this work is considered a classic because of its tightly constructed plot, ability to hold the reader's interest for many years after the last page and as a history book of the women's second-class role in society during the Victorian era.

From the Paper:

"Had this marriage and death occurred in a more current decade such as this one then she would have been able and expected to move forward and develop a life for herself. She most likely would have already had a life before she met and married her husband. However, in the Victorian era the finding and catching of a husband was the life goal of the females. Once that fell through, they were often left with empty dreams and hopes. The death of Dorthea's husband left her with many years to re-plan. She was not able to go out and get a career, though it becomes obvious through her actions, thoughts and emotions that she had the capabilities to do so had she been born and raised in a different eras. She also would have been able to do it had she been born a different gender."

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