Death in Nineteenth-Century British Literature Striving For Immortality - Essay

Striving For Immortality

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Edward T. Hurley (essay date 1969)

SOURCE: "Death and Immortality: George Eliot's Solution," in Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Vol. 24, No. 2, September, 1969, pp. 222-6.

[In the following essay, Hurley contends that George Eliot's characters seek immortality through the family rather than through religion.]

If the novelist seeks to explain life, one of the things he must also explain is death. The question of life is, how am I to satisfy my desire to live? Given a historical realization of death, the desire to live must somehow accommodate the challenge that apparently ends that life and frustrates the desire. Thus each change in man's...

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