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George Eliot presents a wide range of attitudes and values in the characters throughout her story Adam Bede Because there are varied characterizations Eliot uses figurative language to identify and describe each one In the case of Dinah this technique is used primarily to illustrate Dinahs serene and peaceful demeanor and to anchor her with the reader as an important character From the first introduction with Dinah the fact that she is a God loving and righteous woman is stressed However it is stressed in such a way that does not seem redundant and thus holds the readers interest Eliot keeps this interest by including figurative writing that often presents a view of Dinah or her personality that the reader visualizes By making this visual connection Eliot has not only revealed more of Dinahs personality but also has made the reader more comfortable with her characterization This effect is illustrated by a passage that describes Dinah during her sermon to the people of Hayslope The similes in this passage show Dinahs compassion and the strength in her faith By writing Her pale face became paler the circles under her eyes deepened as they did when tears half-gather without falling38 Eliot emphasizes Dinahs compassion Eliot shows that even in the midst of this intense sermon Dinah is still concerned and saddened by the thought that she might not be able to help some of her listeners Eliots emphasis on Dinahs exhibit of compassion extends farther into the passage when she writes and the mild loving eyes took an expression of appalled pity38 This description of her eyes holds positive connotations to the reader and it reinforces the pity that Dinah feels for all those she cannot save This compassionate aspect of Dinahs personality allows the reader to bond with her because they feel secure that she is indeed a good person Dinahs faith is illustrated when Eliot writes as if she had suddenly discerned
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