The Mill on the Floss
Study Questions and Essay Topics
Is The Mill on the Floss a feminist novel?
Do the concerns of The Mill on the Floss relate to 1830s England?
Make a case for either Philip, Tom, Stephen, or another character as the character who is depicted as having the most influence on Maggie's character.
Suggested Essay Topics
Discuss the role of the narrator. What is the purpose of having a narrator tell the story in the past tense? With whom does the narrator sympathize? What values does the narrator uphold? What does the narrator ask for from the reader?
In what sense is The Mill on the Floss a spiritual novel?
How does Eliot use water imagery? Does this imagery relate to the Floss? What does the Floss symbolize?
Is Mr. Tulliver a tragic character? Is he a tragic hero?
Discuss the Dodsons as a group. Are their values upheld?
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