Daniel Deronda | Study Guide

George Eliot

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Perspective and Narrator

Daniel Deronda is written from a third-person omniscient perspective. The narrator occasionally philosophizes about the action of the novel and occasionally addresses the reader.


Daniel Deronda is written primarily in the past tense. When the narrator addresses the reader or speaks more generally about life, she sometimes shifts to the present tense.

About the Title

Eliot wrote Daniel Deronda as a sympathetic portrayal of Jewish life, with Daniel Deronda as the Jewish protagonist. Eliot teaches about the history of the Jews and Judaism through Deronda's story, which includes the discovery of his heritage. But the novel has a second compelling protagonist, Gwendolen Harleth. Gwendolen's story is intertwined with Deronda's, and he becomes an informal spiritual guide who helps her overcome her extreme egotism.


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