Adam Bede Questions and Answers

Adam Bede

In thinking of Bede's Sparrow parable, we should wonder (expanding on #5) why the safety and security are inside the hall, in sinful life, instead of outside it in the glory of heaven and God's...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2012 10:30 am UTC

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Adam Bede

Broadly speaking, Adam Bede is a novel about morality and the struggle to discern what is "right" and to act upon it. From a psychological standpoint, this takes the shape in Hetty and Adam, and...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2019 11:55 am UTC

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In a chapter aptly titled "In which the story pauses a little," Eliot stops to anticipate reader objections to the Reverend Adolphus Irwine, a clergyman who does not show much interest in the nitty...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020 3:30 pm UTC

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It's difficult to say how accurate George Eliot's portrayal of pastoral life is in Adam Bede, but the characterization is absolutely sympathetic. The first act of sympathy is calling the tale "Adam...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019 8:01 pm UTC

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In George Eliot’s novel Adam Bede, the family is important, but not so important as the village is unimportant as a source of support for those to whom it belongs. Make no mistake: family is...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2014 9:53 pm UTC

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As a work of realism, Adam Bede purports to give us an accurate portrayal of people as they are. As the characters depicted in the story are more recognizably real and less idealized than in other...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2019 7:26 am UTC

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The dairy maid Hetty Sorrel is beautiful, vain, and so fixated on herself that she has hardly any awareness of or real sympathy for other people. They are tools to be used by her to satisfy her own...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2018 12:02 pm UTC

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Well, if you mean by "patriarchal stability" that the man is in charge of the household, then no; Mrs. Poyser continues to rule the roost in the Poyser family. In chapter 53, "The Harvest Supper,"...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019 9:16 pm UTC

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The characters in George Eliot’s fiction display a wide variety of moral stances. She includes some characters whose behavior is so deplorable that they seem nonredeemable, while others seem almost...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019 1:18 am UTC

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I wouldn't say that nobody noticed...Hetty knew, Arthur knew, Adam knew, and someone in Hetty's family knew since she was probably plagued with morning sickness and was also thickening around the...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2009 10:28 pm UTC

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Sarah testifies that Hetty showed up at her shop one evening, having mistaken it for a place of lodging. Taken with Hetty's forlorn condition, Sarah agreed to give Hetty a bed for the night. Later...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2021 1:09 pm UTC

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