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  • Titill er á ensku Middlemarch and Female Oppression: Redefining George Eliot’s Feminist Opinion
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    A literary movement started in the mid-nineteenth century by feminists such as Virginia Woolf, which claimed authors’ depiction of their heroine indicated their opinion on women’s rights, brought contemporary critics’ attention to George Eliot. Combined with her conservative lifestyle and her open relationship with George Henry Lewis critics argued that the main protagonist, as well as the society of Middlemarch, revealed the hypocrisy in Eliot’s writing. However, this paper argues that Middlemarch is a testimony to how the English society of the Victorian Era forced young women into secluded and unhappy marriages. By providing information on women’s place in society and the beginning of the feminist movement, Middlemarch’s setting is determined. While a dissection of Eliot’s slow prose and narrative are displayed as shreds of evidence of the replication of the English country living. Throughout the plot, Dorothea Brooke is forced to rediscover her motivations and face the oppressive opinions of her uncle and husband. Moreover, by providing examples of Dr. Lydgate and Dorothea’s storylines the paper aims to analyze how Eliot tried to display the sexual inequalities of the Victorian Era.

  • 16.5.2022

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