Unconditional Love in George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss

  • Maya Higashi WakanaEmail author


Maya Higashi Wakana illustrates that George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss is about the requirements of unconditional love, with Maggie assigned the role of moving the narrative forward. It is the intimacy between ideal readers and her text that functions to navigate—indeed, cultivate—an empathic understanding of the imperfect characters in the novel, both adults and children, all of whose behavior is controlled by “face” needs. By discussing Eliot’s characters in terms of “face” and its relation to giving, taking, and paying back, the author shows that human relationships in Eliot’s novel are deeply impacted by the dynamics such gestures generate and that all her characters, including the dog characters and the offensive Mr. Tulliver and Mrs. Glegg, are relevant to the novel.

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  1. 1.Ritsumeikan UniversityKyotoJapan

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