Presentation Title

The Evolution of the Madonna in Romola

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 260

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Abstract

In George Eliot’s novel Romola her titular character transforms from a beautiful young noblewoman to a personification of the Christian Madonna. This essay traces Romola’s extraordinary evolution into a Madonna figure by examining the key moments in her life which push her to transition from a dependent young woman content to live under the control of her father and her husband to a strong matriarchal figure. As the novel unfolds, the situations faced by Romola, which range from her husband Tito’s many betrayals to encountering a plague stricken village, push her towards her transformation into her Madonna persona which in turn gives her not just autonomy, but authority over her own household.

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The Evolution of the Madonna in Romola

HUB 260

In George Eliot’s novel Romola her titular character transforms from a beautiful young noblewoman to a personification of the Christian Madonna. This essay traces Romola’s extraordinary evolution into a Madonna figure by examining the key moments in her life which push her to transition from a dependent young woman content to live under the control of her father and her husband to a strong matriarchal figure. As the novel unfolds, the situations faced by Romola, which range from her husband Tito’s many betrayals to encountering a plague stricken village, push her towards her transformation into her Madonna persona which in turn gives her not just autonomy, but authority over her own household.