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The Mill on the Floss is novel written by Mary Ann Evans under her pen name George Eliot, a Victorian English writer remembered for her novels Middlemarch, . The Mill on the Floss. by George Eliot. Download the FREE e-Book version of English novelist George Eliot's story of affectionate, willful Maggie Tulliver, who is . for downloading it from there; the download is very cheap Biology Questions and A.

Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. The Narrator of The Mill on the Floss. Asmaa Mohamed. Elliott George. Her clear, racy, nervous English, heightened by gleams of quiet humour and thrills of calm pathos, lends rather a perilous charm to passages teeming with the worst luxuriance of that petty realism which passes with careless critics for art of the first order. Even these are less intolerable than those other passages of laboured irony and didactic commonplace, which read like bits of private notebooks foisted into their present places. In nine cases out of ten they only interrupt the story, without offering a fair sop to the reader's impatience. With the peevish fretfulness of a camel in the act of loading, our authoress keeps groaning out her tiresome tirades against evils for the most part of her own imagining. Booth's The Rhetoric of Fiction An essay like Isobel Armstrong's "Middlemarch: Mrs Armstrong shows not only the skill with which George Eliot develops and deploys the kind of discursive gene- ralization which is so central to her narrative method, but also shows that the "sayings" are an integral means of her achieving her avowed aims in art.

While the opening does provide the landscape vignette, the brief preparatory glimpse of the child Maggie on her home ground, and an intimation of the themes of time, memory and history, it does not I think have the assurance and complexity of the openings of other of George Eliot's novels.

It seems to me that George Eliot has another go, much more fruitfully, at a similar task of devising an overture in the "Introduction" to Felix Holt, where the rather awkward use of the dream in The Mill yields to a fuller counterpointing of past and present in the commentary on the coach traversing the countryside.

Who that cares much to know the history of man, and how the mysterious mixture behaves under the varying experiments of Time, has not dwelt, at least briefly, on the life of Saint Theresa. The problems of the individual's relation to her past are still central, but the predominant concerns are with the effect of the past in determining present and future action. The historian in The Mill is mainly looking backward: The Mill on the Floss does include some quite explicit con- sideration of the role of the historian, as part of the delineation of the narrator.

I have in mind Book First, chapter xii, where the narrator makes a more particular appearance than at the opening. The occasion for presenting "Mr and Mrs Glegg at Home" is to get their - and especially her - reaction after Mr Tulliver's rash decision to pay back her loan of five hundred pounds. It also is an occasion for the narrator to dilate about 8t Ogg'S: In order to see Mr and Mrs Glegg at home, we must enter the town of St Ogg's - that venerable town with the red-fluted roofs and the broad ware-house gables, where the black ships unlade themselves of their burthens from the far north, and carry away, in exchange, the precious inland products, the well-crushed cheese and the soft fleeces, which my refined readers have doubtless become acquainted with through the medium of the best classic pastorals.

The sarcasm of the reference to "refined readers" and "the best classic pastorals" is rare in this novel, and sits lightly and aptly at the outset of a section which heavily qualifies stereotypes of rustic innocence and simplicity, and challenges the reader's dis- tancing of himself from the people described. The narrator presents himself as one well acquainted with the actual town of 8t Ogg's, but also devoted to its history, both as a local antiquarian the reference to manuscript accounts of the exploits of 8t Ogg-I, and as a chronicler of its history from Roman times to the present.

This history relates many vicissitudes, of battles and of floods, which contrast with the illusion of stability subscribed to by Mrs Glegg's contemporaries: War and the rumour of war had then died out from the minds of men, and if they were ever thought of by the farmers in drab greatcoats, who shook the grain out of their sample-bags and buzzed over it in the full market- place, it was as a state of things that belonged to a past golden age, when prices were high.

The Catholics, bad harvests, and the mysterious fluctuations of trade, were the three evils mankind had to fear: The mind of St Ogg's did not look extensively before or after. It inherited a long past without thinking of it, and had no eyes for the spirits that walked the streets. And the present time was like the level plain where men lose their belief in volcanoes and earthquakes, thinking to-morrow will be as yesterday, and the giant forces that used to shake the earth are for ever laid to sleep.

Potential for all kinds of upheaval is latent in St Ogg's, a place where confidence is often the product of wilful ignorance. The effect of the passage is complex, questioning the way that tradition and historical record reflect the past, reflecting too on the way the present is interpreted by those experiencing it. In the pre- cision of the description of the farmers sampling grain, the view of war as a feature of "a past golden age, when prices were high" does not obtrude itself as a materialistic modification of a pastoral ideal- though such a modification is certainly part of the import.

Similarly, the recurrence of certain kinds of situation in various epochs is implied: And so the summing up: This was the general aspect of things at St Ogg's in Mrs Glegg's day, and at that particular period in her family history when she had had her quarrel with Mr Tulliver.

It was a time when ignorance was much more comfortable than at present, and was received with alI the honours in very good society, without being obliged to dress itself in an elaborate costume of knowledge; a time when cheap periodicals were not, and when country surgeons never thought of asking their female patients if they were fond of reading, but simply took it for granted that they preferred gossip; a time when ladies in rich silk-gowns wore large pockets, in which they carried a mutton-bone to secure them against cramp.

Mrs Glegg carried such a bone, which she had inherited from her grandmother with a brocaded gown that would stand up empty, like a suit of armour, and a silver-headed walking-stick; for the Dodson family had been respectable for many generations. But the remark about "ignorance was much more comfortable than at present" perhaps carries a vestige of hope that improvement can occur, while not permitting complacency about the likelihood of breeding out such superstitions over time. One of the lessons of history - perhaps the main one?

Another clear implication of the whole section is that the assimilation of change by the physiognomy of St Ogg's - repre- sented by "that fine old hall, which is like the town, telling of the thoughts and hands of widely-sundered generations" I, - must partly derive from the insensitivity of prejudice.

The organic harmony of town with natural landscape must depend on suppression of discords. Similarly, a consensus about the details of the life of St Ogg, and about interpretation of the legend in terms of divine grace, must involve selection and sup- pression very likely there is a Darwinian note in George Eliot's discourse here. The narrator elsewhere Book Fourth, chapter i makes a strong stand as to the best way of seeing any single thing, namely by recognizing it as the product of "a vast sum of conditions" II, , and here a few of the elements of the sum are indicated, as well as the difficulty of eliciting the elements and bringing them into relation.

Altogether, this section advances the exploration begun in Book First, chapter i, of the connection between past and present as experienced by individuals and variously recorded. Here the narrator steps right out of the oppressive world of St Ogg's and surveys that oppressiveness in a densely-textured reflection. These pages form one of George Eliot's most telling essays on a theme she develops over and over again, that of the respon- sibility of the person and of the artist; and from them a couple of paragraphs are inevitably quoted: It is a sordid life, you say, this of the Tullivers and Dodsons- irradiated by no sublime principles, no romantic visions, no active, self-renouncing faith - moved by none of those wild, uncontrollable passions which create the dark shadows of misery and crime- without that primitive rough simplicity of wants, that hard submissive ill-paid toil, that child-like spelling-out of what nature has written, which gives its poetry to peasant life.

Here, one has conventional worldly notions and habits without instruction and without polish- surely the most prosaic form of human life: Their belief in the Unseen, so far as it manifests itself at all, seems to be rather of a pagan kind; their moral notions, though held with strong tenacity, seem to have no standard beyond hereditary custom.

You could not live among such people; you are stifled for want of an outlet towards something beautiful, great, or noble; you are irritated with these dull men and women, as a kind of population out of keeping with the earth on which they live - with this rich plain where the great river flows for ever onward, and links the small pulse of the old English town with the beatings of the world's mighty heart.

A vigorous superstition, that lashes its gods or lashes its own back, seems to be more congruous with the mystery of the human lot, than the mental condition of these emmet-like Dodsons and Tullivers. I share with you this sense of oppressive narrowness; but it is necessary that we should feel it, if we care to understand how it acted on the lives of Tom and Maggie - how it has acted on young natures in many generations, that in the onward tendency of human things have risen above the mental level of the generation before them, to which they have been nevertheless tied by the strongest fibres of their hearts.

The suffering, whether of martyr or victim, which belongs to every historical advance of mankind, is represented in this way in every town, and by hundreds of obscure hearths; and we need not shrink from this comparison of small things with great; for does not science tell us that its highest striving is after the ascertainment of a unity which shall bind the smallest things with the greatest?

In natural science, I have under- stood, there is nothing petty to the mind that has a large vision of relations, and to which every single object suggests a vast sum of conditions. It is surely the same with the observation of human life. II, In the second of these paragraphs, I think George Eliot betrays the self-imposed limits of her consideration of her themes, and in some ways claims more than the novel substantiates.

Certainly she gives the contrasting reactions to "oppressive narrowness" of Tom and Maggie, and certainly the novel gives warrant for seeing these reactions as symptomatic or even representative of a natural evolution. But the argument about how the brother and sister are representative is truncated.

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The passage is informed by a hope that science will provide the means for fuller human under- standing, even if it is not quite the religion to supplant all varieties of Protestant and Catholic and Dissenter. But the narrator seems more intent on invoking science to urge present tolerance, than on asserting the power of science to predict, let alone provide "the ascertainment of a unity which shall bind the smallest things with the greatest". Such an attempt may fail: The Mill on the Floss certainly does present suffering, though the extent to which this suffering - in Maggie's case, say- can be seen to have epic and tragic dimensions might be chal- lenged.

The problem is not that of the reader being persuaded that there were potentials in Maggie which might have been realized had things been different, but that there were particular causes, related to "the onward tendency of human things", which prevent her fulfilment.

It seems to me that in this section, George Eliot pronounces moral truths, but relies on "wisdom" rather than argument to exact agreement. The "wisdom", as Isobel Armstrong allows, sometimes deflects us from rigorous analysis of its portent.

The effect of Book Fourth, chapter i is principally a result of emotional rather than logical factors. It is a relief to leave the desperation of the curse in the Tulliver family Bible which concludes Book Third to join the reflections about the Rhone, with its homely ruins, and the Rhine, with its romantic ones, which open Book Fourth.

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The very presence of rivers signals a "compare and contrast" with the Floss and the Ripple, and by this stage the symbolic potency of the river is already well established in the novel. Of course, George Eliot is permitting us only temporary and illusory relief, for the chapter is itself a demonstration of its theme, of the importance of attaining "a large vision of relations", which here specifically involves an ability to read both the vulgar and romantic vestiges of the past as partial histories of similar lives.

Nevertheless, it is a relief to regard the Tullivers and Dodsons from a greater distance, and in a different perspective. It is noteworthy that the form of The Mill on the Floss is narrow and intense: George Eliot does not use a double plot and contrasting settings as she had done in Adam Bede and was to do in all her subsequent major fiction.

Perspective has to be as it were imported, as here, by a geographical shift; or, more frequently, by a literary reference - romantic literature is particularly applicable, as in Maggie's reading of Scott -- or, especially in Book Sixth, by the use of musical allusion. In the context, the narrator's compassionate delineation of the narrow- ness of the Dodsons and Tullivers is more convincing than the attempts to conjecture about causes of and cures for the narrow- ness.

And part of the context, of course, is the carefully established association of the narrator with the St Ogg's world, which somewhat hampers his discourse in less restricted areas. Thus the application of scientific method directly to the Dodsons and Tullivers is useless.

The passage which follows inexorably and compassionately gives the Dodsons their due, showing the logic of their course and indicating the limitations of their logic: The reader, guided by the narrator, is however capable of invoking a more valid logic: If such were the views of life on which the Dodsons and Tullivers had been reared in the praiseworthy past of Pitt and high prices, you will infer from what you already know concerning the state of society in 8t Ogg's, that there had been no highly modifying influence to act on them in their maturer life.

It was still possible, even in that later time of anti-Catholic preaching, for people to hold many pagan ideas, and believe themselves good church-people notwithstanding; so we need hardly feel any surprise at the fact that Mr TuIIiver, though a regular church-goer, recorded his vin- dictiveness on the fly-leaf of his Bible. Certain seeds which are required to find a nidus for themselves under unfavourable circum- stances, have been supplied by nature with an apparatus of hooks, so that they will get a hold on very unreceptive surfaces.

The spiritual seed which had been scattered over Mr TuIIiver had apparently been destitute of any corresponding provision, and had slipped off to the winds again, from a total absence of hooks. The effect of this whole chapter is mainly conditioned by the circumstantial detail which requires tolerance for and restrains condemnation of the Dodsons and Tullivers.

What the chapter mainly tends to show is how the self-perpetuating Dodson world has itself defended against change. Progress is assumed by the narrator to be inevitable, and suffering a part of progress - but how progress or improvement can be possible, given the Dodsons, is not indicated.

The emphasis is on the strain of "the onward tendency of human things" against "this sense of oppressive narrowness", rather than on the mechanisms of "the onward tendency". Only some of "the mystery of the human lot" is to be dispelled by the narrator. And it is important to accord recognition to the human limits on the almost divine knowledge and power sometimes attributed to the omniscient author. I do not think the characterization is fully developed in the novel, 9 but nevertheless the narrator of The Mill on the Floss is depicted in terms of such personal limitations.

His unspecified personal acquaintance with his char- acters goes along with an interest in the writing of history, and issues in a concern both with individual histories and with their representative significance. How to communicate the data and evaluate it are central problems, and part of what George Eliot is presenting is the difficulty, even the intractableness, of the problem she delineates and animates.

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Help Center Find new research papers in: She shows how their unsympathetic workings cause private and collective tragedy by the end of narrative. The novel has frequently been acclaimed by critics and readers alike. However, this book presents a re-evaluation of the text with the help of terminologies borrowed from cognitive narratology in order to shed new light on the significance of one-track minds in this narrative.

The book explores the mental functioning of the individual fictional minds, and examines how different modes of mental activities influence the interpersonal relationships between and among the characters. Accordingly, the study argues that the main cause of tragedy in The Mill on the Floss stems from at least two factors.

First, the central fictional minds primarily function on the basis of their self-centered thoughts and emotions, over which they usually do not have control. O bildungsroman feminino na literatura vitoriana: The Books on the Floss: An Analysis of Maggie Tulliver's Reading.

British Studies Centre, University of Warsaw Dominance and Power in Interpersonal Relationships: George Eliot's pen, handling the role of society and power in her novel "Mill on the Floss". George Eliot , famous British Victorian novelist, has illustrated many great fictions that one of them is The Mill on the Floss in which Maggie Tulliver, as the key character, lives in a family in which she has been George Eliot , famous British Victorian novelist, has illustrated many great fictions that one of them is The Mill on the Floss in which Maggie Tulliver, as the key character, lives in a family in which she has been discriminated against by her family members and even other people in the society because of the blackness of her eyes and hair, and her dark skin.

People know her as an evil girl because of the blackness that she owns.

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