Adam Bede | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Kenny Marotta

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of Adam Bede.
This section contains 5,685 words
(approx. 19 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Kenny Marotta

Critical Essay by Kenny Marotta

SOURCE: “Adam Bede as a Pastoral,” in Genre, Vol. IX, No. 1, Spring, 1976, pp. 59-72.

In the following essay, Marotta outlines the characteristics of a pastoral, and discusses the limitations of analyzing the pastoral elements in Adam Bede.

00106056.tif

Many critics have attempted to account for the pastoral element in Adam Bede, with varying success. These discussions of the novel as a pastoral are of two kinds, which correspond to two ways of defining the genre. The first, which I will call the “simple” definition, offers a list of pastoral items (the theme of retreat and return, the depiction of a locus amoenus, etc.). The author of the pastoral either presents the items in order to identify the genre to which they contribute, or employs the genre in order to present the items; in both cases, the...

(read more)

This section contains 5,685 words
(approx. 19 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Kenny Marotta