Daniel Deronda Themes

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Gwendolyn is the typical coming of age heroine. As a child, she is favored by her mother and sisters, petted and protected by them, and held as the person in the family who dictates everything, from what food is to be served to the mood of a situation. Gwendolyn is afraid of nothing and believes everyone will treat her this way. She is immature and petulant when things don't go her way. She cares little for anyone else and doesn't mind hurting someone's feelings to get her own way. She has moments of regard for others, but these are few and far between, and happen generally only when Gwendolyn is happy in her own situation. As the story progresses, Gwendolyn marries and finds that her husband has no affection for her and that he cares only for his own happiness. Gwendolyn's immediate reaction is to rebel...

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