Character Analysis Of Maggie Tulliver From The Mill On The Floss

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These categories can be extended to other women characters in novels written during the 19th century. Maggie Tulliver from The Mill on the Floss is, within the context of the novel, an elevated woman. She is markedly odd and different, a notable outcast from the rest of her family; she is intelligent, dark-haired and dark-skinned, and desires the same freedom to do as she wishes as her brother Tom has. Her desire to break gender norms are what lead to her fall in the end; Maggie falls in love with her cousin’s beau, and he is taken with her for the very things that made her an outcast as a child. When Stephen and Maggie meet, she tells him bluntly to not give her any compliments; she makes no attempt to be coquettish or charming. Indeed, the narrator remarks, “Poor Maggie! She was so unused to society that she could take nothing as a matter of course, and had never in her life spoken from the lips merely, so that she must necessarily appear absurd to more experienced ladies, from the excessive feeling she was apt to throw into very trivial incidents” (Eliot 245). Because Maggie was not raised to be a lady, she has no idea how to act around men in social situations. However, Stephen is not appalled by her; he ignores her blunder to allow her to save face, and later on Stephen thinks of her in a romantic manner (Eliot 248). Maggie succumbs to gender roles when she decides not to run away with Stephen so as not to embarrass her brother or hurt her cousin any more than she has…

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