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The role of the protagonist in the novels of George Eliot.

McGill University
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In George Eliot's first full-length novel, Adam Bede, she planned to write "a simple story." She wished to paint "faithful pictures of a monotonous homely existence," that would be "the faithful representing of common-place things." (p.183) This determination to write of ordinary people, and more specifically of the working class, was part of the reaction of Victorian writers against the romantic hero; George Eliot takes great pains to remind the reader that she is writing of common-place people, not of "the loftier sorrows of heroines in satin boots and crinoline, and of heroes riding fiery horses, themselves ridden by still more fiery passions."

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