Middlemarch by George Eliot PDF Download | English Novels | English novels, George eliot, NovelsThe novel is set in the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch during —,  and follows several distinct, intersecting stories with a large cast of characters. Issues include the status of women, the nature of marriage, idealism, self-interest, religion, hypocrisy, political reform, and education. Despite comic elements, Middlemarch is a work of realism encompassing historical events: the Reform Act , the beginnings of the railways, and the death of King George IV and succession of his brother, the Duke of Clarence King William IV. It incorporates contemporary medicine and examines the reactionary views of a settled community facing unwelcome change. Eliot began writing the two pieces that would form Middlemarch in the years — and completed the novel in
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Although the pace of the novel is leisurely, many scandalous topics are covered including suspected murder, infidelity, secret pasts, gossip, politics, and family feuds. The developing relationships of four couples form the backbone of the novel as these young people learn to relate to each other and the world around them. Dorothea, who is headstrong and wants to make positive changes in the world around her, is a main character in the novel. She marries Reverend Edward Casaubon, an elderly priest, only to learn he is not the scholar that she had idolized before their marriage. Casaubon is displeased with Dorothea as he believes that she is not only critical of him, but she is believing damaging information about him from his cousin, Will Ladislaw. Meanwhile, the pretty Rosamond Vincy has set her sights on Teritus Lydgate, the new doctor in town. Like Dorothea, Lydgate is not interested in getting rich.
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Middlemarch written by George Eliot , a leading English novelist of the Victorian era is described by Martin Amis as "The greatest novel" in the English language. The novel narrates the lives of four couples with didactic tone and is based on many subjects such as marriage, self-interest, idealism, hypocrisy, religion, and education. Dorothea Brooke who likes to lead a simple life and help the local poor people marries much elder person Edward Casaubon being attracted towards his pretended intellectuality. The marriage is leads to unhappy relationship, as Casaubon believes his wife is lured by gossips about him through his cousin Will Ladislaw. Casaubon suspecting the relationship might break and Dorothea might marry Ladislaw. He went on to change his will stating Dorothea cannot inherit his properties after his death, if she marries Ladislaw. Teritus Lydgate, a doctor finds his happiness in treating the poor and soon falls into huge debt.
Subtitled 'A Study of Provincial Life', Middlemarch is set in the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch, thought to be based on Coventry, during the period — It has multiple plots with a large cast of characters, and in addition to its distinct though interlocking narratives, it pursues a number of underlying themes, including the status of women, the nature of marriage, idealism and self-interest, religion and hypocrisy, political reform, and education. Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress. Her hand and wrist were so finely formed that she could wear sleeves not less bare of style than those in which the Blessed Virgin appeared to Italian painters; and her profile as well as her stature and bearing seemed to gain the more dignity from her plain garments, which by the side of provincial fashion gave her the impressiveness of a fine quotation from the Bible,—or from one of our elder poets,—in a paragraph of to-day's newspaper. She was usually spoken of as being remarkably clever, but with the addition that her sister Celia had more common-sense. Nevertheless, Celia wore scarcely more trimmings; and it was only to close observers that her dress differed from her sister's, and had a shade of coquetry in its arrangements; for Miss Brooke's plain dressing was due to mixed conditions, in most of which her sister shared. The pride of being ladies had something to do with it: the Brooke connections, though not exactly aristocratic, were unquestionably "good:" if you inquired backward for a generation or two, you would not find any yard-measuring or parcel-tying forefathers—anything lower than an admiral or a clergyman; and there was even an ancestor discernible as a Puritan gentleman who served under Cromwell, but afterwards conformed, and managed to come out of all political troubles as the proprietor of a respectable family estate.