George Eliot

Realism Movement

Short Biography

George Eliot, born as Mary Anne Evans on November 22, 1819 and died on 1880. Eliot left school to help run her father's household, when her mother died in 1836. Her father and her moved in 1841 to Coventry, and she lived with him until his death in 1849. George Eliot began 'Scenes of Clerical Life' in 1856, stories about the people of her native Warwickshire, which were published in 'Blackwood's Magazine'. In 1859, she wrote her first novel, 'Adam Bede', and was a great success. Eliot use her male pen name to ensure her works were taken seriously in an era where female authors were usually associated with romantic novels. She was an English translator and novelist. To add, one of the leading writers of the Victorian era who developed the method of psychological analysis characteristic of modern friction.

Some of her major works are:

  • Life of Jesus (1846) translation from the German
  • The Essence of Christianity (1854) translation from the German
  • Scenes of Clerical Life (1858)
  • Adam Bede (1859)
  • The Mill on the Floss (1860)
  • Silas Marner (1861)
  • Romola (1863)
  • Felix Holt, The Radical (1866)
  • The Spanish Gypsy (1868)
  • Middlemarch (1874)
  • Daniel Deronda (1876)
  • Impressions of The ophrastus Such (1879)
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Making Life Worth While

Every soul that touches yours -
Be it the slightest contact -
Get there from some good;
Some little grace; one kindly thought;
One aspiration yet unfelt;
One bit of courage
For the darkening sky;
One gleam of faith
To brave the thickening ills of life;
One glimpse of brighter skies -
To make this life worthwhile
And heaven a surer heritage.


T- From the title I can predict is going to be about something that would inspired or to see life in new colors.

P- 1-2 Lines: Don't get to attach to persons or people leave as soon as the come

3-4 Lines: Make a difference in someones life, to be nice with people

5-7 Lines: Courage for the dark times to come

7-8 Lines: To keep having faith to whatever life throws at us, like diseases.

9-12 Lines: To see the bright side on the dark times for a better life or a life change to come

C- The author uses positive and negative connotation.

  • Courage- hope, faith
  • Surer heritage- confidence, free from worries
  • Darkening sky- gives a bad feeling that something bad is going to happen
  • Brighter skies-hope, gives a feeling something it's going to change for good

S- From line 1 one to 5 the tone of the poem stays neutral but then changes after line 5 to all the way until the end to an inspiring tone.

T- My prediction was correct it's about hope and staying positive in bad times.

T- The message that George Eliot invokes in her poem is to not lose hope in the dark times or to even have the slightest glimpse of hope would make the difference.

"Hope" by William Dean Howells

We sailed and sailed upon the desert sea
Where for whole days we alone seemed to be.
At last we saw a dim, vague line arise
Between the empty billows and the skies,
That grew and grew until it wore the shape
Of cove and inlet, promontory and cape;
Then hills and valleys, rivers, fields, and woods,
Steeples and roofs, and village neighborhoods.
And then I thought, “Sometime I shall embark
Upon a sea more desert and more dark
Than ever this was, and between the skies
And empty billows I shall see arise
Another world out of that waste and lapse,
Like yonder land. Perhaps—perhaps—perhaps!”

This poem relates to my author's poem because talks about the same thing, hope. How in unexpected or hopeless times and places they start to see the bright side and start believing again. In this quote, "Sometime I shall embark Upon a sea more desert and more dark Than ever this was, and between the skies And empty billows I shall see arise Another world out of that waste and lapse" says when dark times come, bright times come too.

How your author is representative of their Literary Movement?

George Eliot is a representative of the Realism Movement because she's one of the women that broke the tradition of men being the only ones to write poetry because women where associated with Romanticism. Another reason, is that she interpret actualities of any aspect of life. In her works she strove for detailed realistic and factual description. To add, she tries to represent events and social conditions as they actually are, without idealization. Finally, it can be say that she emphasizes in the psychological human part and comes up with depth writing.