The Impact of Time in Reshaping the Traits of Woman Character in George Eliot’s Adam Bede

Abir Ghourabi


Literature is and continues to be the weapon through which the artist can fight against all forms of injustice in real life. Thus, the literary work arises out of a particular social context; that affect many facets of the artistic production. As a matter of fact, the portrayal of woman character in fiction depends on the angle of vision from which the writer can see and rewrite its traits mainly in the Victorian Era. Thereby, a feminine reflection may be more truthful to what females really live and feel under the pretext of preserving social hierarchy. Adam Bede represents one of the literary works where the novelist seeks a more egalitarian world. George Eliot was engaged in the project of liberating woman’s mind and soul through her pen by rewriting the traits of woman as a fictional character. Her heroines were puppets transmitting multiple messages and morals by criticizing and offending masculine thoughts and manners. Her innovative style employing the game of time in reshaping woman’s identity, granted her and her contemporaries a kind of historical recovery. In fact, time came not as a linear entity, but played a significant subjective role .It had its manifestation in every aspect of females’ lives and thoughts. In Adam Bede, George Eliot tries to present the protagonist Dinah Morris as a character who stands as a challenge to the whole patriarchal system through her activism and reasonable thinking in spite of the different deceptions she went through in her life. Through the duality of time and gender, George Eliot was able to create a consistent piece of writing were she examines, criticizes and reforms a corrupted social milieu.


femininity, time, masculine thought, gender theory, identity, Victorian Period.

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