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Maggie Tulliver Divided Needs Represented in Diverse Relations It is said that George Eliots style of writing deals with much realism Eliot herself meant by a realist to be an artist who values the truth of observation above the imaginative fancies of writers of romance or fashionable melodramatic fiction Ashton 19 This technique is artfully utilized in her writings in a way which human character and relationships are dissected and analyzed In the novel The Mill on the Floss Eliot uses the relationships of the protagonist of the story Miss Maggie Tulliver as a medium in which to convey various aspects of human social associations It seems that as a result of Maggies nature and of circumstances presented around her that she is never able to have a connection with one person that satisfies her multifaceted needs and desires Maggie is able to some extent to explore the various and occasionally conflicting aspects of her person with her relationships between other characters presented in the novel From an early age Maggie needs approval from menMaggie is not shown in any deep relationship with a female friend Ashton 83 A reader can explore into Maggie Tullivers person and her short development as a woman in four primary male associations her fatherMr Tulliver her brotherTom Tulliver her friend and mentorPhilip Wakem and her dangerous passion with Steven Guest Maggie unconditionally loves her father although he has been the unconscious root of many of her misfortunes Toms and Maggies young lives are blighted by the gloom poverty disgrace and death of their fatherMaggie is obliged by her fathers failure to leave schoolIt is the misfortune of a clever girl denied any activity other than domestic Ashton 50 In the time period of the setting of the novel women were regarded as male property to take care of household matters and without skill originality and intelligence of a man Mr Tulliver cared deeply for his daughters future but
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