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The Theme of Growth in the Mill on the Floss

Author MaShuJuan
Tutor LiLanSheng
School Central South University
Course English Language and Literature
Keywords The Mill on the Floss George Eliot Bildungsroman Spirit Emotion
Type Master's thesis
Year 2011
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This paper attempts to analyze the growth themes in the novel of George Eliot's \The analysis mainly around the heroine in the spiritual growth and emotional growth on two fronts, how to get out of a predicament and reveal her growth in the road and into the self-awareness and emotional understanding of the process. By studying the growth themes in the novel, the authors hope this can make a certain contribution to the study of George Eliot and The Mill on the Floss \The paper body consists of the following: introduction, thesis, body, and conclusion. Introduction section includes a review of the literature on this work, the significance of this thesis as well as the structure of the paper. Paper first chapter elaborated on the concept of the Bildungsroman and discuss its main definitions and the course of development, build a systematic framework for the entire paper. The chapter then analyzes Eliot's experiences growing up in the manifestation of this work, because most of the Bildungsroman contains autobiographical elements. The chapter then continue from the point of view of spiritual growth and emotional growth analysis of the hero of the Magi upbringing, this highlights the theme of \The purpose of this chapter is to illustrate the theme of the novel growth is fully reflected in the growth process of the Magi. The second chapter describes the Magi in spiritual growth. This chapter begins with two self-awareness and self-realization to discuss Maggie desire for spiritual growth, and then discusses how she encounter a lot of difficulties on the road to spiritual growth. The last part of this chapter focuses on how the Magi experienced a series of difficulties in the spirit of understanding reached perfection. The third chapter study from the emotional aspects of the growth process of the Magi. This chapter first describes Maggie way to grow emotionally affected, introduces Philip and Stephen and their in Maggie emotional growth on the way the role played by this chapter then explore Maggie encountered emotional conflict in a way to grow Final sections describe Maggie how to achieve a perfect emotional awareness. Finally, the conclusion, in the growth process of the Magi, her young women full of the spirit of altruism from egoism growth of young people, and to the improvement of her mental and emotional growth. Through the above analysis, the paper argues that, the heroine Maggie grew up in a particular historical period, study the experience of her mental and emotional growth is the window to our understanding of women's development during that period, and thus has a certain practical significance and social significance.

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