A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF GEORGE ELIOT’S NOVEL THE MILL ON THE FLOSS (1860) AS BILDUNGSROMAN
A JOURNEY TOWARDS ETERNAL BLISS
Abstract“A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF GEORGE ELIOT’S NOVEL THE MILL ON THE FLOSS (1860) AS BILDUNGSROMAN: A JOURNEY TOWARDS ETERNAL BLISS” Shadab Fatima M.Phil Scholar, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan ABSTRACT The research is designed around the application of the characteristics of a famous genre of fiction Buildungsroman on a Victorian novel The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot. The research brings forth ,Mill on the Floss as a novel which shows development that encompasses physical, mental and spiritual realms of the protagonist fulfilling the major criterions of Buildungsroman novels. The research exposes the significance of the relationships and their impact in the personality building of the protagonist Maggie. Being a buildngsroman protagonist, Maggie comes up as a complex character suffering from inner conflicts, a victim pulled by sense of duty towards her brother Tom and pull of passion towards her lover. As a pivotal feature of a buildungsroman novel, the research unravels the intricacies and intrigues that society and codes of conventional morality play in the life of the individual pushing him/her in to internal and external conflicts. The research shows all the efforts and actions of the protagonist Maggie, as journey towards realization of true self and it leads her to an actual happiness that is perpetual and eternal, a reunion with her lost brother Tom though on the verge of death. The research answers all the research questions and proves the research statement. Key Words Buildungsroman, Development, Conflicts, Realization, Bliss
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