The Mill on the Floss | Study Guide

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Narrator, Part 3, Chapter 5 nd if life had no love in it, what else was there for Maggie? Sources: Introduction to The Mill on the Floss by Juliette Atkinson, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Red Deeps Stands for sexual passion and Maggie’s bottomless desire Maggie’s Hair Symbolizes the demonic and unconscious aspect of Maggie’s nature River Represents life, death, and Maggie’s turbulent emotions Symbols Maggie’s empathetic, sensitive friend; learns to love Maggie unconditionally Philip Wakem Maggie’s rigid, conventional brother; forces Maggie to betray her own nature Tom Tulliver Flirtatious, spoiled, conceited man; becomes infatuated with Maggie Stephen Guest Troubled young woman; never outgrows her fear of rejection or need for Maggie Tulliver Main Characters An intellectual giant of the 19th century, Eliot used her capacious mind as a translator, literary critic, essayist, and novelist. The Mill on the Floss showcases her firm grasp of science and psychology and mastery of description and dialogue, which ensured her a seat at the high table of English literature. GEORGE ELIOT1819–80 Author Loneliness can be cured by knowing that at least one other person loves you. Necessity of Human Connection Social restrictions and class boundaries prevent people from being authentic. Tyranny of Society Even an imaginative person may not be able to feel what another person feels. Limits of Empathy Lonely Maggie Tulliver tries to hold onto her brother Tom’s positive regard but cannot help breaking the rules and norms that he believes she should follow. After several missteps, she becomes a social pariah but is reunited with Tom in the moment of their deaths on the river. A Solitary Pilgrim’s Persistent Desire THEMES English Original Language 1860 Year Published George Eliot Author The Mill on the Floss Tragedy Tragedy Novel

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