ENGB03: Lecture 2
The shape of things
Genre: A Class of Itself
Vincys are in the center of the community
Brooke’s are out at the edge of the city, only people who know them can really visit
Rosie is as close to a villain as we can get
Clear idea who she wants to marry: no one from Middlemarch, not someone like her brother, not
someone who eat Red Herring
Rosie’s Education is Mrs.Lemon’s Finishing School
All manner of things learned like getting in and out of a carriage, piano, how to dance, art, etc.
Stonecourt, one of the grand house, their uncle’s house
Mrs.Vincy wants her kids to visit so they might get a place in will
Fred has a sweetheart, Mary Garth, works for uncle at Stonecourt
Rosie and Lydgate both don’t have a high opinion of Middlemarch
He hands her a whip – hint of the future
Will doesn’t like his sketchbook being looked through, and Dorethea says that she can say if the
pictures are good or not > he takes this as offence Introductory: On Form
What does “form” mean?
What is required to make a narrative?
Something happened, helped to add an element of “narrativity”
Makes you ask questions
What will happen next?
Series of related actions
According to Aristotle, a narrative has a beginning, a middle, and an end – all of which are
Hero (or protagonist) – the character who is negotiating the conflict
Antagonist – the force working against the protagonist
Note: Not necessarily a character
ask yourself as you’re reading:
Who’s the protagonist? What’s the conflict?
Who/What is the antagonist?
What’s the conflict?
individual events: constituent (crucial) or supplementary (noncrucial)
The underlying structure of the story: the masterplot