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Critical Essay by Elizabeth Ermarth

SOURCE: "Maggie Tulliver's Long Suicide," in Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Vol. XIV, No. 4, Autumn, 1974, pp. 587-601.

Here, Ermarth explores the influence of restrictive societal norms on the character of Maggie Tulliver.

George Eliot makes it clear in The Mill on the Floss that the social norms of St. Oggs exert a heavy influence on Maggie's development. This fact has long been obvious but less obvious, perhaps, is that fact that the norms Maggie struggles with are sexist. They are norms according to which she is an inferior, dependent creature who will never go far in anything, and which consequently are a denial of her full humanity. Years of such denial teach Maggie to repress herself so effectively that she cannot mobilize the inner resources that might have saved her. By internalizing crippling norms...

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