New PDF release: Adam Bede Notes (Cliffs Notes)

By David M. Byers

ISBN-10: 0822001179

ISBN-13: 9780822001171

George Eliot takes the well-worn story of a beautiful dairy-maid seduced by means of a slipshod squire, and out if it creates a portrait of the lives of normal Midlands operating people – their labors and loves, their ideals, their speech.

This concise complement to George Eliot's Adam Bede is helping scholars comprehend the general constitution of the paintings, activities and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural views of the author.

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Commentary The author shifts both time and place here in order to bring Arthur back into the story. Meanwhile, of course, Hetty's trial is left for a time, so this switch in viewpoint accomplishes another purpose as well; it builds up suspense by delaying an anticipated climax. The techniques which Eliot uses in this part of the book to shock the reader and rivet his attention occasionally become melodramatic, as the events recounted in Chapter 44 show. Eliot has the old Squire die at just this moment to set up a sharp contrast between appearance and reality and to make Arthur's punishment as crushing as possible.

It accomplishes two purposes. The lovers' triangle takes its final form as Adam defeats Arthur in a fight, drives him away from Hetty, and becomes engaged to her himself. The three lives become inextricably intertwined. It also sets the stage for the tragedy which will follow in Book V. As this section ends, Adam, Arthur, and Hetty are separated and each is living in his own world. com the three in full possession of the truth. Hetty's pregnancy is slowly and inevitably bringing the plot to a climax.

Hetty is emotionally unstable, to say the least. The only constant in her character seems to be this: She always seeks her own advantage. All else is relative. Faced with the loss of Arthur, she turns almost immediately to Adam. This quick switch shows Hetty in an almost implausibly bad light. She is portrayed as a girl with almost no unselfish feelings at all, capable of using Adam, as she had used Arthur, completely for her own ends. When the vision of future luxury vanishes, her "love" for Arthur simply evaporates.

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