Award Date

1-1-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Committee Member

Beth Rosenberg

Number of Pages

95

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Eliot; Floss; Gender; George; Mill Tragedy

Controlled Subject

British literature; English literature--Irish authors; Irish literature

File Format

pdf

File Size

2498.56 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/3ui9-4vrr


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