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28th Mar '13 12:54:45 AM Xtifr
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''DanielDeronda'' (1876), Creator/GeorgeEliot's final novel, explores highly unusual territory for Victorian fiction: the title character, raised as a Christian, discovers and embraces his Jewish heritage. The novel has two main plots. In one, Daniel Deronda transforms from a serious but rootless young man, convinced that he is the illegitimate son of his guardian, Sir Hugo Mallinger, into a man of purpose, committed to the welfare of the Jewish people. He is inspired along the way by Mirah Lapidoth, an innocent Jewish singer whom he rescues from an attempted suicide, and by Mordecai, a Jewish mystic. In the other plot, the lovely but chilly (and self-involved) Gwendolen Harleth rescues her family from ruin by marrying the sadistic Mr. Grandcourt--even though she knows perfectly well that Grandcourt has fathered two children with his mistress, Lydia Glasher. As the novel progresses and Gwendolen sinks further and further into despair, she desperately turns to Daniel for moral support.

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!!Tropes used:

* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Grandcourt's drowning.]]
* AmbitionIsEvil: Alcharisi, who wants to pursue her successful theatrical career, gives up her son to do it; when she thinks her voice has been wrecked, she makes an aristocratic marriage. The result: misery and [[spoiler: an agonizing death from cancer.]] Mirah Lapidoth, however, enjoys singing, but she loathes public performance. The result: [[spoiler: she is reunited with her brother, freed from her horrible father, and married to Daniel.]]
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Grandcourt.]]
* BaitTheDog: Grandcourt, both literally and figuratively. He rapidly veers into KickTheDog, however.
* BaldOfEvil: Grandcourt has lost most of his hair.
* BettyAndVeronica: Gwendolen and Mirah.
** A case of BettyAndVeronicaSwitch : Gwendolene is a well-liked Christian with blond hair and she seems very grounded, and Mirah is a jewish outcast with a melancholy disposition, [[spoiler: but Mirah is simply traumatized and very sweet, while Gwendolene, despite her good size, is a bit of an hysterical GoldDigger and may and may not be a sympathetic murderer. ]]
* BittersweetEnding: It's not actually clear what's going to happen to Daniel and [[spoiler: Mirah]], let alone whether any of Daniel's and Mordecai's plans are going to come to fruition. Gwendolen, meanwhile, ends the novel [[spoiler: widowed]], abandoned by Daniel, and suffering from recurring fits of hysteria.
* BreakTheHaughty: Gwendolen, who has already treated one suitor badly, marries Grandcourt to avoid having to work for a living--even though she knows what this will mean for Grandcourt's mistress, Lydia. This turns out to be a bad, ''bad'' idea.
* CharacterTics: Grandcourt. Speaks. Slowly.
* DistractedByTheLuxury: Soon subverted. Although Gwendolen initially jumps at Grandcourt's proposal on account of the lovely things he can buy her, she suffers a mental breakdown when [[spoiler: Lydia Glasher sends her the diamonds that Grandcourt had once given to her.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Mirah Lapidoth; averted, however, when Daniel manages to rescue her.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has Vulcans who laugh more than Grandcourt.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Sternly subverted by Klesmer, the musician who itemizes all of Gwendolen's faults as a potential actress. Similarly, even though Mirah has TheGift, she nevertheless has spent her life in training for performance.
* HatesBeingTouched: Gwendolen's aversion to anything sexual.
* HeroesLoveDogs: Massively averted. Grandcourt's supposed "love" for his dogs reveals the manipulative side of his nature.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Gwendolen thinks she can handle Grandcourt well enough. Oops.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Mr. Grandcourt]]
* LongBusTrip: Daniel and [[spoiler: Mirah]] exit the novel by going to [[spoiler: Palestine]], with no assurances that they will ever return to England.
* LukeIAmYourFather: In Daniel's case, mother and father.
* LongLostRelative: Mirah and [[spoiler: Mordecai.]]
* MeaningfulName: the Biblically-inspired Daniel and Mordecai.
** "Harleth" is suspiciously close to "harlot."
** And, of course, Grandcourt's sidekick, Lush.
** How did I forget Grandcourt himself?
** A musician named Klesmer (Klezmer is a Jewish style of music)
* MissingMom: Daniel's absent mother; Mirah's and [[spoiler: Mordecai's]] dead mother.
* MistakenForCheating: Grandcourt suspects that Gwendolen is trying to have an affair with Daniel. Or something of the sort.
* MysteriousParent: Alcharisi.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted as a plot point.
* ParentalAbandonment: Alcharisi wanted Daniel to be kept entirely ignorant of his Jewish heritage.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: [[spoiler: Catherine Arrowpoint's parents]] try this when she announces that she is going to marry Klesmer. They don't get very far.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: Grandcourt is a brutal parody of this.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Observe how Grandcourt treats his dogs. Now, see how he treats his wife...
* SecretOtherFamily: Grandcourt's mistress, Lydia Glasher, and their children. The whole problem is that Gwendolen ''knows they exist,'' and yet marries Grandcourt anyway.
* ShrinkingViolet: Mirah (who particularly loathes her stage career).
* StageMom: Or, in this case, Stage Dad--Mirah's father.
* SympatheticMurderer: [[spoiler: Gwendolen.]] Whether or not [[spoiler: she]] actually ''murders'' [[spoiler: Grandcourt]], as opposed to accidentally letting [[spoiler: him drown in a moment of shock]], is left deliberately ambiguous.
* TheAtoner: Alcharisi.
** By the end of the novel, arguably [[spoiler: Gwendolen]] as well.
* TheGambler: Gwendolen, in the novel's famous opening.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Gwendolen and Daniel have their own, clearly-defined plots, although they repeatedly cross paths.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Eliot partly modeled Mordecai after her friend, Immanuel Deutsch.

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[[caption-width-right:303:No, seriously.]]

''DanielDeronda'' (1876), Creator/GeorgeEliot's final novel, explores highly unusual territory for Victorian fiction: the title character, raised as a Christian, discovers and embraces his Jewish heritage. The novel has two main plots. In one, Daniel Deronda transforms from a serious but rootless young man, convinced that he is the illegitimate son of his guardian, Sir Hugo Mallinger, into a man of purpose, committed to the welfare of the Jewish people. He is inspired along the way by Mirah Lapidoth, an innocent Jewish singer whom he rescues from an attempted suicide, and by Mordecai, a Jewish mystic. In the other plot, the lovely but chilly (and self-involved) Gwendolen Harleth rescues her family from ruin by marrying the sadistic Mr. Grandcourt--even though she knows perfectly well that Grandcourt has fathered two children with his mistress, Lydia Glasher. As the novel progresses and Gwendolen sinks further and further into despair, she desperately turns to Daniel for moral support.

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!!Tropes used:

* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Grandcourt's drowning.]]
* AmbitionIsEvil: Alcharisi, who wants to pursue her successful theatrical career, gives up her son to do it; when she thinks her voice has been wrecked, she makes an aristocratic marriage. The result: misery and [[spoiler: an agonizing death from cancer.]] Mirah Lapidoth, however, enjoys singing, but she loathes public performance. The result: [[spoiler: she is reunited with her brother, freed from her horrible father, and married to Daniel.]]
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Grandcourt.]]
* BaitTheDog: Grandcourt, both literally and figuratively. He rapidly veers into KickTheDog, however.
* BaldOfEvil: Grandcourt has lost most of his hair.
* BettyAndVeronica: Gwendolen and Mirah.
** A case of BettyAndVeronicaSwitch : Gwendolene is a well-liked Christian with blond hair and she seems very grounded, and Mirah is a jewish outcast with a melancholy disposition, [[spoiler: but Mirah is simply traumatized and very sweet, while Gwendolene, despite her good size, is a bit of an hysterical GoldDigger and may and may not be a sympathetic murderer. ]]
* BittersweetEnding: It's not actually clear what's going to happen to Daniel and [[spoiler: Mirah]], let alone whether any of Daniel's and Mordecai's plans are going to come to fruition. Gwendolen, meanwhile, ends the novel [[spoiler: widowed]], abandoned by Daniel, and suffering from recurring fits of hysteria.
* BreakTheHaughty: Gwendolen, who has already treated one suitor badly, marries Grandcourt to avoid having to work for a living--even though she knows what this will mean for Grandcourt's mistress, Lydia. This turns out to be a bad, ''bad'' idea.
* CharacterTics: Grandcourt. Speaks. Slowly.
* DistractedByTheLuxury: Soon subverted. Although Gwendolen initially jumps at Grandcourt's proposal on account of the lovely things he can buy her, she suffers a mental breakdown when [[spoiler: Lydia Glasher sends her the diamonds that Grandcourt had once given to her.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Mirah Lapidoth; averted, however, when Daniel manages to rescue her.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has Vulcans who laugh more than Grandcourt.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Sternly subverted by Klesmer, the musician who itemizes all of Gwendolen's faults as a potential actress. Similarly, even though Mirah has TheGift, she nevertheless has spent her life in training for performance.
* HatesBeingTouched: Gwendolen's aversion to anything sexual.
* HeroesLoveDogs: Massively averted. Grandcourt's supposed "love" for his dogs reveals the manipulative side of his nature.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Gwendolen thinks she can handle Grandcourt well enough. Oops.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Mr. Grandcourt]]
* LongBusTrip: Daniel and [[spoiler: Mirah]] exit the novel by going to [[spoiler: Palestine]], with no assurances that they will ever return to England.
* LukeIAmYourFather: In Daniel's case, mother and father.
* LongLostRelative: Mirah and [[spoiler: Mordecai.]]
* MeaningfulName: the Biblically-inspired Daniel and Mordecai.
** "Harleth" is suspiciously close to "harlot."
** And, of course, Grandcourt's sidekick, Lush.
** How did I forget Grandcourt himself?
** A musician named Klesmer (Klezmer is a Jewish style of music)
* MissingMom: Daniel's absent mother; Mirah's and [[spoiler: Mordecai's]] dead mother.
* MistakenForCheating: Grandcourt suspects that Gwendolen is trying to have an affair with Daniel. Or something of the sort.
* MysteriousParent: Alcharisi.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted as a plot point.
* ParentalAbandonment: Alcharisi wanted Daniel to be kept entirely ignorant of his Jewish heritage.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: [[spoiler: Catherine Arrowpoint's parents]] try this when she announces that she is going to marry Klesmer. They don't get very far.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: Grandcourt is a brutal parody of this.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Observe how Grandcourt treats his dogs. Now, see how he treats his wife...
* SecretOtherFamily: Grandcourt's mistress, Lydia Glasher, and their children. The whole problem is that Gwendolen ''knows they exist,'' and yet marries Grandcourt anyway.
* ShrinkingViolet: Mirah (who particularly loathes her stage career).
* StageMom: Or, in this case, Stage Dad--Mirah's father.
* SympatheticMurderer: [[spoiler: Gwendolen.]] Whether or not [[spoiler: she]] actually ''murders'' [[spoiler: Grandcourt]], as opposed to accidentally letting [[spoiler: him drown in a moment of shock]], is left deliberately ambiguous.
* TheAtoner: Alcharisi.
** By the end of the novel, arguably [[spoiler: Gwendolen]] as well.
* TheGambler: Gwendolen, in the novel's famous opening.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Gwendolen and Daniel have their own, clearly-defined plots, although they repeatedly cross paths.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Eliot partly modeled Mordecai after her friend, Immanuel Deutsch.

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12th Dec '12 6:54:07 AM DoveAlexa
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** A case of BettyAndVeronicaSwitch : Gwendolene is a well-liked Christian with HairOfGold and she seems very grounded, and Mirah is a jewish outcast with a melancholy disposition, [[spoiler: but Mirah is simply traumatized and very sweet, while Gwendolene, despite her good size, is a bit of an hysterical GoldDigger and may and may not be a sympathetic murderer. ]]

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** A case of BettyAndVeronicaSwitch : Gwendolene is a well-liked Christian with HairOfGold blond hair and she seems very grounded, and Mirah is a jewish outcast with a melancholy disposition, [[spoiler: but Mirah is simply traumatized and very sweet, while Gwendolene, despite her good size, is a bit of an hysterical GoldDigger and may and may not be a sympathetic murderer. ]]
30th Oct '12 4:43:45 AM Lorialet
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** A case of BettyAndVeronicaSwitch : Gwendolene is a well-liked Christian with HairOfGold and she seems very grounded, and Mirah is a jewish outcast with a melancholy disposition, [[spoiler: but Mirah is simply traumatized and very sweet, while Gwendolene, despite her good size, is a bit of an hysterical GoldDigger and may and may not be a sympathetic murderer. ]]
21st Oct '12 2:19:02 PM nombretomado
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''DanielDeronda'' (1876), GeorgeEliot's final novel, explores highly unusual territory for Victorian fiction: the title character, raised as a Christian, discovers and embraces his Jewish heritage. The novel has two main plots. In one, Daniel Deronda transforms from a serious but rootless young man, convinced that he is the illegitimate son of his guardian, Sir Hugo Mallinger, into a man of purpose, committed to the welfare of the Jewish people. He is inspired along the way by Mirah Lapidoth, an innocent Jewish singer whom he rescues from an attempted suicide, and by Mordecai, a Jewish mystic. In the other plot, the lovely but chilly (and self-involved) Gwendolen Harleth rescues her family from ruin by marrying the sadistic Mr. Grandcourt--even though she knows perfectly well that Grandcourt has fathered two children with his mistress, Lydia Glasher. As the novel progresses and Gwendolen sinks further and further into despair, she desperately turns to Daniel for moral support.

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''DanielDeronda'' (1876), GeorgeEliot's Creator/GeorgeEliot's final novel, explores highly unusual territory for Victorian fiction: the title character, raised as a Christian, discovers and embraces his Jewish heritage. The novel has two main plots. In one, Daniel Deronda transforms from a serious but rootless young man, convinced that he is the illegitimate son of his guardian, Sir Hugo Mallinger, into a man of purpose, committed to the welfare of the Jewish people. He is inspired along the way by Mirah Lapidoth, an innocent Jewish singer whom he rescues from an attempted suicide, and by Mordecai, a Jewish mystic. In the other plot, the lovely but chilly (and self-involved) Gwendolen Harleth rescues her family from ruin by marrying the sadistic Mr. Grandcourt--even though she knows perfectly well that Grandcourt has fathered two children with his mistress, Lydia Glasher. As the novel progresses and Gwendolen sinks further and further into despair, she desperately turns to Daniel for moral support.



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27th May '12 11:31:11 AM nombretomado
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* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: ''StarTrek'' has Vulcans who laugh more than Grandcourt.

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* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: ''StarTrek'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has Vulcans who laugh more than Grandcourt.
26th Feb '12 8:14:54 PM LouieW
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* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Grandcourt's drowning.]]
* AllJewsAreAshkenazi: Averted--Daniel is Sephardic.

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* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Grandcourt's drowning.]]
* AllJewsAreAshkenazi: Averted--Daniel is Sephardic.
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27th Dec '11 12:53:05 PM Acebrock
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* MixedMarriage: Klesmer and [[spoiler: Catherine Arrowpoint.]]
2nd Jun '11 9:09:00 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* BittersweetEnding: It's not actually clear what's going to happen to Daniel and [[spoiler: Mirah]], let alone whether any of Daniel's and Mordcai's plans are going to come to fruition. Gwendolen, meanwhile, ends the novel [[spoiler: widowed]], abandoned by Daniel, and suffering from recurring fits of hysteria.

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* BittersweetEnding: It's not actually clear what's going to happen to Daniel and [[spoiler: Mirah]], let alone whether any of Daniel's and Mordcai's Mordecai's plans are going to come to fruition. Gwendolen, meanwhile, ends the novel [[spoiler: widowed]], abandoned by Daniel, and suffering from recurring fits of hysteria.
27th Apr '11 6:56:16 PM Miriam
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* AmbitionIsEvil: The Alcharisi, who wants to pursue her successful theatrical career, gives up her son to do it; when she thinks her voice has been wrecked, she makes an aristocratic marriage. The result: misery and [[spoiler: an agonizing death from cancer.]] Mirah Lapidoth, however, enjoys singing, but she loathes public performance. The result: [[spoiler: she is reunited with her brother, freed from her horrible father, and married to Daniel.]]

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* AmbitionIsEvil: The Alcharisi, who wants to pursue her successful theatrical career, gives up her son to do it; when she thinks her voice has been wrecked, she makes an aristocratic marriage. The result: misery and [[spoiler: an agonizing death from cancer.]] Mirah Lapidoth, however, enjoys singing, but she loathes public performance. The result: [[spoiler: she is reunited with her brother, freed from her horrible father, and married to Daniel.]]



* MysteriousParent: The Alcharisi.

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* MysteriousParent: The Alcharisi.



* ParentalAbandonment: The Alcharisi wanted Daniel to be kept entirely ignorant of his Jewish heritage.

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* ParentalAbandonment: The Alcharisi wanted Daniel to be kept entirely ignorant of his Jewish heritage.



* TheAtoner: The Alcharisi.

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* TheAtoner: The Alcharisi.
19th Apr '11 6:21:17 PM PPPSSC
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* VindicatedByHistory: Essentially no other prior British literary work had sympathetic Jewish characters and up until the mid 20th century, the general critical comment was pretty much "decent novel, shame it focused so much on those Jews".
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