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Mr. Irwine, Chapter 41 he problem [of] how far a man is to be held responsible for the unforeseen consequences of his own deed is one that might well make us tremble to look into it. Sources: British Library, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Introduction to Adam Bede by Beryl Gray Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Mirrors Stand for the illusory nature of outward appearance Cherries Represent Hetty—outwardly soft and lovely but hard on the inside The Grove As the place where the lovers meet, symbolizes a fall from grace Symbols Well-meaning but lustful, morally immature country squire; seduces Hetty and ruins her life Arthur Donnithorne Shallow, selfish, vain young beauty; wants to get ahead in the world Hetty Sorrel Spiritually gifted, compassionate preacher; inspires and comforts others Dinah Morris Skilled craftsman; righteous and loyal but sometimes harshly critical; marries Dinah Adam Bede Main Characters Beginning as an editor, essayist, and translator,Eliot—a pseudonym for Mary Ann Evans—turned to fiction in her 30s. She achieved immediate success with three novellas and a first novel, Adam Bede, that lovingly depicts rural life at the start of the 1800s. She went on to write other important books and become a great English novelist. GEORGE ELIOT1819–80 Author Too often beauty is equated with goodness and sexual attraction with love. Deluding Power of Sexual Passion Rural folk in preindustrial times enjoyed real leisure in community. Edenic Preindustrial England The way people do their work is a good indication of how they live their lives. Work as a Reflection of Character Adam Bede tries and fails to win Hetty, the woman of his dreams, who destroys her life through an illicit love affair with a man above her station. Adam, the upright but judgmental carpenter, deepens his ability to feel the pain of others as a result of his own heartbreak and sorrow. Every Act Echoes in the Lives of Others THEMES English Original Language 1859 Year Published George Eliot Author Adam Bede Fiction Novel

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