Estudos em homenagem a Margarida Llosa
A inveja nas relações sociais e familiares em The Mill on the Floss
Elsa Simões Lucas Freitas
AbstractIt is the aim of this article to analyse some of the occurrences of envious feelings in the familiar and social life depicted in George Eliot’s novel The Mill on the Floss. In this 19th century novel, the heroine is either the envious agent or the subject of envy on the part of the surrounding community. In both situations, she is seen as an outsider. In fact, she does not fit the pre-established social patterns when she yearns for the artistic expression of her emotions, and she transgresses the boundaries of rigid moral impositions when she willingly refuses to fulfil her appointed role as a legally married woman, which would be the only decent outcome for her seduction of a previously engaged man. This heroine is thus shown under the light of a continuous dissatisfaction with her lot, a fact that will prevent her from ever being happy in the society where she has to live. Her positive envious feelings that could open new horizons separate her from her peers, whereas the power of negative envy felt by others harness her to a sense of property that cannot accommodate her inner richness of passion and emotion.
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