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Introducing...The Victorian Collection at the Armstrong Browning Library: a Baylor Libraries Digital Collection—Religion and Politics
By Melinda Creech, PhD, Graduate Assistant  The Armstrong Browning Library is pleased to announce the release of More)
The End of the Fallen Women
Many novels deal with the idea of the fallen woman and her fate. The Mill on the Floss, Lady Audley's Secret, and Tess of the d'Ubervilles each do just that. While the respectability of the women and their ends differ in each, there is an idea of the (More)
Fate and injustice in three parts
When looking back at the novels we’ve read this semester, I can’t help but feel a sense of sadness welling up from within.  It is possible that this sadness is sparked by a sense of finality in the closing of the semester, but it could also be the pr (More)
Tess, Frankenstein, and Mill on the Floss: The Endings 
In modern storytelling, the ending is usually wrapped up in a pretty bow with loose ends being tied, generally leaving a satisfied and happy ending for the reader.  However, in Tess of the d’Ubervilles, Frankenstein, and Mill on the Floss, this is no (More)
The Second Fall: Fallen Women
A key feature of the novel is character development. The typical development is a positive change. The character learns something from his struggle in the plot and improves. The following novels use a downward character progression to examine the cha (More)
Mill on the Floss as a Bildungsroman Novel
     If one were to define the bildungsroman genre as one that contains a story of a character’s growth, then Mill on the Floss by George Eliot could be considered a bildungsroman novel.  This is because the main protagonist, Maggie, grows with the m (More)
Omniscience vs. Intimacy: The Narrator's Role in Eliot's The Mill on the Floss
George Eliot once said, “The only effect I ardently long to produce by my writings, is that those who read them should be better able to imagine and to feel the pains and the joys of those who differ from themselves in everything but the broad fact o (More)
Struggles Between Family Duty and Personal Desire
Eliot’s Mill on the Floss may not seem like a typical bildungsroman, but it does contain all the necessary elements.  Eliot presents Maggie’s “life course” from childhood, school years, relationships with potential mates, the “fates that life brings” (More)
Maggie's Punishment
A major theme of the novel is punishment, but there is never a clear sense of justice. Maggie begins the narrative by punishing a doll rather than those who wrong her. In the attic, “she kept a Fetish which she punished for all of her misfortunes” (7 (More)
Maggie and Tom: A Sibling Love Constantly Suffocated
From the very beginning of The Mill on the Floss, I knew the relationship between Maggie and Tom would be of very significant importance to the narrative. I see them as almost being “frenemies,” which is pretty typical of a sibling relationship. Alth (More)
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