Middlemarch - George Eliot Book Review by Tacita

Middlemarch - George Eliot
This paper studies the work "Middlemarch" by George Eliot noting how Eliot portrays the optimistic and pessimistic vision of humanity.
# 108288 | 1,000 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2008 | ZA
Published on Sep 29, 2008 in Literature (English) , Sociology (Theory) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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In this article, the writer analyzes the portrayal of nineteenth century England in George Eliot's work, "Middlemarch" and notes that George Eliot uses a mixture of optimism and pessimism to portray human nature. The writer maintains that Eliot's goal was to create an image of ordinary human life with all its complexities. The writer then points out an optimistic aspect of "Middlemarch", that all the characters seem to marry for love, as well as a pessimistic aspect of 'Middlemarch', that it reveals how our human nature can be dramatically altered by money. The paper further relates that 'Middlemarch' expresses how it is embedded in human nature to put social expectations onto others and to look down at those of a lower class and that it is also human nature to join a community. The writer concludes that 'Middlemarch' represents the spirit of nineteenth century England through its characters.

From the Paper:

"In 'Middlemarch' money often expresses an element of a characters personality. The plot moves forward while everyone is looking and asking for money where ever they can. Lydgate builds up serious debt due to his failure to manage money. Fred Vincy is not shy to ask several people for money. On the other hand, Mary Garth's refusal to take money from the dying Featherstone proves that some people still have a good honest nature.
"Eliot expresses an extremely pessimistic view of humanity with the theme of debt and money throughout 'Middlemarch'. Money can change the best of people. When Lydgate abruptly falls in love with Rosamond his life begins to go downhill. Marriage ruins Lydgate financially and idealistically, which then changes his personality. He begins to feel bitterness towards Rosamond, the women he once loved. His financial problems at home lead to problems in his profession and the scandal with Raffles death sees Lydgate as an accomplice to murder."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Eliot, George. Middlemarch. 2003. Penguin Classics. London: Penguin
  • Department of English studies. Reading Classics, only study guide for ENN314Q. 2008, University of South Africa: Pretoria
  • University of South Africa. Department of English Studies. 2008.Reading Classics: tutorial letter 101/2008 for ENN 314Q. Pretoria
  • www.sparknotes.com

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