Sympathy as Redemption – a Reading of "Middlemarch"

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dc.contributor.advisor Villari, Enrica it_IT Girdescu, Anamaria Gabriela <1990> it_IT 2019-02-18 it_IT 2019-06-11T08:40:53Z 2019-03-26 it_IT
dc.description.abstract George Eliot’s "Middlemarch" explores the lives of the middle-class inhabitants of Middlemarch, among whom Dorothea Brooke is singled out at the beginning as a modern “Saint Theresa” as for ambitions and wishes. She is eager “to know the truths of life” and to “learn to see the truth by the same light as great men have seen it by”. Count Pierre Bezuchov, crucial character in Tolstoy’s "War and Peace", has no lesser aspirations than Dorothea, nurturing youthful dreams of greatness and underestimating the importance of everyday social pressures. In this dissertation, I argue that Dorothea Brooke deals with her inner turmoils stemming from idealistic aspirations by means of fellow feeling, and that Pierre Bezuchov follows a similar path of development. Starting from Eliot’s and Tolstoy’s shared conviction that the artist has a crucial mission, that goes far beyond the surface of mere entertainment, this dissertation focuses particularly on Dorothea Brooke’s inner journey from the beginning of the novel, when she cherishes lofty dreams and a naïve vision of the world, to the point when she suffers through an inner crisis and has to reconsider her aspirations. Pierre Bezuchov’s own deep inner crises and transformations will accompany the description of Miss Brooke’s development, in the attempt to describe a similar ethical journey in which the true winners are those who achieve, to use George Eliot’s words in "Middlemarch", “a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life”. it_IT
dc.language.iso en it_IT
dc.publisher Università Ca' Foscari Venezia it_IT
dc.rights © Anamaria Gabriela Girdescu, 2019 it_IT
dc.title Sympathy as Redemption – a Reading of "Middlemarch" it_IT
dc.title.alternative Sympathy as Redemption - a Reading of "Middlemarch" it_IT
dc.type Bachelor Thesis it_IT Lingue e letterature europee, americane e postcoloniali it_IT Laurea magistrale it_IT Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati it_IT
dc.description.academicyear 2017/2018, sessione straordinaria it_IT
dc.rights.accessrights closedAccess it_IT
dc.thesis.matricno 834761 it_IT
dc.subject.miur L-LIN/10 LETTERATURA INGLESE it_IT
dc.description.note it_IT it_IT it_IT
dc.subject.language INGLESE it_IT 10000-01-01
dc.provenance.upload Anamaria Gabriela Girdescu (, 2019-02-18 it_IT
dc.provenance.plagiarycheck Enrica Villari (, 2019-03-04 it_IT

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