This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Inconsistency In Adam Bede By George Eliot

1885 words - 8 pages

Inconsistency in Adam Bede

   In George Eliot's Adam Bede, an inconsistency can be found between Dinah's firmly held convictions and her decision to

marry. Throughout the story, Eliot presents Dinah as a symbol of divine love who persistently shuns all earthly pleasures of her

own for the benefit of those in need. Several passages in the text show that Dinah insists she must follow the path God has

chosen for her and prevent her own needs and desires from rising to the surface. Despite her moral protestations, however,

Dinah marries Adam in the last few pages of the book. This marriage is disappointing in another sense as well. Dinah was not

only created as a symbol of divine love, but also as a figure who transcended the boundaries of the sexes. It is impossible to

believe that it is this same strong-willed, independent woman who breaks down at the end and turns her back on the life to

which she was so dedicated in order to accept the role all too commonly accepted by women of the time period. For these

reasons I would like to argue that there is a flaw in the characterization of Dinah. Eliot created an unrealistically good character

and then destroyed her credibility in an attempt to have a rosy conclusion.



We are first introduced to Dinah on the green hills of Hayslope. Dinah is preaching on the grass, and Eliot provides us with a

physical description of her that gives us clues about the nature of her personality:


There was no keenness in the eyes; they seemed rather to be shedding love than making observations; they had the liquid look

which tells that the mind is full of what it has to give out, rather than impressed by external objects. (33)


The description of Dinah's eyes in this passage gives the reader several clues about the nature of her character. We see here

that Dinah is not one to be caught up in the external world. Her mind is occupied with thoughts of "what it has to give out,"

indicating not only that she is charitable, but also that she is not in the process of observing and making judgements. Her eyes

do not even appear to be "making observations," but are instead simply "shedding love." She is so entirely absorbed in her

spirituality that in her mind the outer world is insignificant. This is evident in the way she dresses as well. We are told that she

wears no adornments; she is always plainly dressed in a Quaker bonnet and a black dress. She does not try to put on a false

front by embellishing her appearance. She is described as "simple" and "candid" (34).


Following this initial physical description of Dinah is a series of occurrences in which the reader discovers that Dinah is so

selfless and devout that she denies herself a life of her own. On the very first night that we are introduced to her we find that she

is resolved " live and die without husband or children..." (45). Seth accompanies...

Find Another Essay On Inconsistency in Adam Bede by George Eliot

Silas Marner, by George Eliot Essay

1548 words - 6 pages “insight into the mysteries of human character”, overall similar as the critic before. The author leads into the criticism by first stating that Silas Marner is a book that is going to offer few attractions to that of the ordinary reader. She then encapsulates that it is again impressive that Eliot was able to create a story that was engaging without that of a melodramatic incident, love-making, or without a female character in which in which to

The Portrayal of the Community in Raveloe in Silas Marner by George Eliot

4270 words - 17 pages The Portrayal of the Community in Raveloe in Silas Marner by George Eliot Silas Marner by George Eliot was first published in 1861 during the industrial revolution. The industrial revolution, as the transformation came to be called, caused a sustained rise in real income per person in England and, as its effects spread, the rest of the Western world. Historians agree that the industrial revolution was one of the most

The Relationship Between Parents and Their Children in Silas Marner by George Eliot

2467 words - 10 pages The Relationship Between Parents and Their Children in Silas Marner by George Eliot "A child more than all other gifts That Earth can offer to a declining man Brings hope with it and forward looking thoughts." William

The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

1813 words - 7 pages The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot It is said that George Eliot’s style of writing deals with much realism. Eliot, herself meant by a “realist” to be “an artist who values the truth of observation above the imaginative fancies of writers of “romance” or fashionable melodramatic fiction.” (Ashton 19) This technique is artfully utilized in her writings in a way which human character and relationships are dissected and analyzed. In the

"The Fotunes Of Silas Marner" By George Eliot

1801 words - 8 pages A Study into the Fortunes of Silas Marner.George Eliot wrote Silas Marner in 1861. It is set in a time before the Industrial Revolution, a world that our society is unaware of. It is in a time where cloth was made at home in a weaver's cottage, rather than in large factories of mass production. Silas is a cottage weaver.Silas Marner's fortunes throughout the book are many and varied. Although throughout the story he receives many setbacks and

Imagery Between Genders in Middlemarch by Eliot

1612 words - 6 pages The relationships between genders have been topics of discussions for many years. How genders relate to one another, their similarities in situations and how very different they can encounter comparative life tribulations including roles imposed by society. When analyzing the characters Dorothea Brooke, Tertuis Lydgate, and Edward Casaubon we can identify issues that genders have in common and how they deal with them. Middlemarch by George

Middlemarch by George Eliot and Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

1445 words - 6 pages Middlemarch by George Eliot and Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy The Victorian era brought about many changes throughout Great Britain. Man was searching for new avenues of enlightenment. The quest for knowledge and understanding became an acceptable practice throughout much of the scientific community. It was becoming accepted, and in many ways expected, for people to search for knowledge. Philosophy, the search for truth, was becoming a

Influences in the Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

1821 words - 7 pages river flowing through the village of the ruined war munitions factory" (211)” (Flora 2012). The juxtaposition between these two are significant. Jake makes his journey as a religious pilgrimage and it essentially helped Jake move on with his life. In another way Gatsby was affected by the war. The Waste Land stresses the ever-present state of ennui. Eliot wrote “ The meal is ended, she is bored and tired, / Endeavors to engage her in caresses

Buried in the Bitter Waters by Eliot Jaspin

762 words - 3 pages Response Paper One: Buried in the Bitter Waters by Eliot Jaspin Of course I do not consider myself to be a racist, or a bigot, but I am aware of socially conditioned stereotypes and prejudices that reside within. That awareness, and the ability to think for myself, has allowed me to approach issues with clarity of mind and curiousness at the social interactions of various movements. Buried in the Bitter Waters, by Elliot Jaspin, has

Laissez Faire in The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

869 words - 4 pages when compared to the old model, no; the corporation knows that it will sell, no matter how small the improvement. This model of constant obsolescence has become the norm in the economy today; companies reap profits with mediocre products, completely uncaring of the consumers. To put the economy back in the hands of the consumers, a system of deregulation must be enacted to allow the marketplace to be run once again by consumer interest. Adam

Armenian Genocide in the Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian

664 words - 3 pages The book “Forgotten Fire” was written by Adam Bagdasarian as a piece of historical fiction. Even though this book isn’t non-fiction it’s still based on true facts about the Armenian Genocide. Vahan is a 12 year old boy living in Bitlis, Turkey. Vahan lives the life of privilege as the youngest son of a wealthy family. Being the youngest son he has 3 brothers by the name or Diran, Tavel, and Sisak. Also he has 2 sisters by the name of Oskina and

Similar Essays

The Feminist Polarity Between Hetty Sorrell And Dinah Morris In George Eliot's Adam Bede

2327 words - 9 pages above her station. The story of Adam Bede is a story of polarity and opposition; Eliot critic Dorothea Barrett made this statement: Rather than a simple opposition of Dinah the Madonna versus Hetty the harlot, we have in `Adam Bede' an opposition of oppositions, a dialectic in which each term is itself a dialectic, Dinah and Hetty are opposites. This is to say that the polarity can swing back and forth, Hetty is not always a harlot, yet

Comparing George Eliot’s Adam Bede And Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market

2372 words - 9 pages Comparing George Eliot’s Adam Bede and Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market George Eliot’s Adam Bede offers a realistic and highly detailed look into the everyday life of ordinary people in rural Treddleston. Although the characters are fictional, several of them are based upon people Eliot knew or knew of, which adds to the realism. As she delightedly observes and describes the intricacies of the natural, ordinary world, Eliot pays

Moral Philosophy In Middlemarch By George Eliot

1159 words - 5 pages would never be able to fully compensate those in which the money had initially been taken from. This act would essentially be taking the shady money and giving it to someone else that does not deserve it. Although objections may exist as demonstrated, I still believe that Ladislaw should not accept the money as evidenced by his relationship with Bulstrode, his relationship with his mother, and his own sense of self. Works Cited Eliot

Silas Marner By George Eliot Essay

2491 words - 10 pages gained a small means of revenge for her own treatment. Through the use of superstition and religious beliefs Mary-Anne Evans, known to the literary world as George Eliot, transformed an otherwise simple and almost 'fairytale' plot into a masterpiece of realism, moral, social and philosophical values. Her expert use of language is carefully woven in to create a microcosm with what she herself describes as "a single drop of ink" (Adam Bede) and contributes greatly to the superb example of pre-20th century realism Silas Marner that greatly mirrors her own life.