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Dinah’s Fervent Characterization in Adam Bede In many works of literature, intricate figurative language is used to exhibit a multitude of a characters’ personality traits. George Elliot uses figurative language in her novel Adam Bede to show the character Dinah’s kind hearted, helpful nature. But Dinah walked as simply as if she were going to market, and seemed as unconscious of her outward appearance as a little boy: there was no blush, no tremulousness, which said, 'I know you think me a pretty woman, too young to preach;' no casting up or down of the eyelids, no compression of the lips, no attitude of the arms, that said, 'But you must think of me as a saint.' (21) Elliot classifies Dinah as a character whose troubles and personal feelings are easily concealed. First, Elliot uses the metaphor of ‘going to market’. This evokes the identity between Dinah and the people to whom she preaches. The market, at the turn of the 19 th century, was a central social fixture, an arena in which people of all economical classes intermingled. Elliot reinforces the universality of Dinah’s personality through the use of this metaphor. To identify her humility, Elliot describes by noting that she walks simply. She doesn’t present herself to others as though she was of superior intellect. Dinah’s presence in the novel is not driven by beauty but by her words and actions. By referring to her as a little boy, Elliot disarms the reader from thinking that Dinah is capable of romance or lust. In the England of Dinah’s
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