George Eliot's Religion of Humanity in "The Mill on the Floss "
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This paper analyzes the complex relationships and sense of responsibility as seen in George Eliot's novel "The Mill on the Floss." The reviewer takes a critical look at the relationship between the siblings, Maggie and her brother Tom. They are considered in the paper as a means of exploring the problems of duty, personal accountability and the social constraints that inhibit individual reactions to these issues. The paper gives an in-depth analysis of both Maggie and Tom, highlighting the differences in their characters. The reviewer emphasizes Eliot's sense of tragedy in this book, which is lost opportunities.
From the Paper:"In the broadest sense, the tragedy of both Maggie's and Tom's short lives is their inability to negotiate a balance between their individual duty to society and their duty to their own personal desires. Tom seems trapped by a strict adherence to social expectations and duty that renders him unable to even question those expectations, much less to consider the wants and needs of Maggie, whose sisterly love for Tom is unwavering despite his harsh and judgmental behavior towards her. Maggie, in contrast, must struggle with her own willfulness, a restless individuality that leaves her frequently alienated from familial and social acceptance."
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George Eliot's Religion of Humanity in "The Mill on the Floss " (2010, June 06) Retrieved December 08, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/george-eliot-religion-of-humanity-in-the-mill-on-the-floss-120198/
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