Adam Bede by George Eliot

An analysis of the novel, published in 1859, about the title character and the two women in his life.

The paper gives an overview of the novel and then analyzes a passage in which we see that the relationship between Dinah and Adam is defined by their silence. The paper analyzes Eliot’s use of language in order to convey to the reader a sense of the rightness of the pairing of these two characters.
Eliot makes the point in these lines that these two characters are destined for each not because they love each other passionately but because they are united in purpose. One of the most striking elements of this passage, which is in fact about a kind of passionate love, is that there is such a distinct absence of flowery language. The language almost has a legalistic aspect to it and yet we are entirely convinced at the end of it that the two characters do indeed love each other.