Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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This thesis centers around the gender roles present during the Victorian era and how George Eliot examined these roles in Mill on the Floss. She did so through her representations of Tom and Maggie Tulliver and by examining how each of these characters deal with the respective roles for his or her gender while living during the Victorian age. Tom strictly follows the imposed roles for his gender, while Maggie refuses to live within the social boundaries set for her own. The societal restrictions and how each deals with them is symbolically represented in their physical descriptions as well. Each character is eventually destroyed by the roles imposed upon them by Victorian society, which is symbolically represented when they drown at the end of the novel.
Eliot; Floss; Gender; George; Mill Tragedy
British literature; English literature--Irish authors; Irish literature
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Nielsen, Elizabeth Anne, "Gender tragedy in George Eliot's "Mill on the Floss"" (1999). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1028.