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Transcript of George Eliot
Her Life & Times She Lived In
Life with Father
During her teens and early twenties, George Eliot took care of her father and the home. Eliot's father was a very religious man and expected his children to be so as well. George Eliot, being very smart, read a lot during her free time. She also met many intellectuals and together they would discuss their beliefs in religion. George Eliot began to question religion and this made her father very upset and angry.
Life After Father
When her father died, George Eliot moved to London to look for work. She started translating books into English (she spoke many languages), writing for newspapers, and eventually began to write short stories and novels. Her work became very popular. In her 30's, she met George Lewes and fell in love. Although he was married, they lived together for 26 years until he died. After that she married a much younger man, John Cross. She died 7 1/2 months later.
Her Beliefs - Charity
George Eliot held many beliefs. One was the importance of helping those in need. Some of this she got from her father, who used to help the poor. In her 20's she used to give out food and blankets to those in need. Her writings would often explore the ideas of 'goodness,' 'understanding,' and 'helping others.'
Her Beliefs - Equality
George Eliot lived during a time when many women were treated like slaves. They had no rights and their main job in life was to get married and have children. A husband was allowed to force his wife to have sex. He was also allowed to beat her, if she didn't obey him. Getting a divorce was impossible. Any money a woman had, must be given to her husband. Jobs were typically not open to women, except low paying ones, as housekeepers or cooks. If that wasn't available, many became prostitutes to earn money. George Eliot was against all this.
Her Life As An Independent Woman
George Eliot's was born in 1819 in England . Her real name was Mary Anne Evans and at age 5 she was sent away to boarding school until the age of 16. At this point her mother died and George Eliot returned home to help take care of her father.
The Early Years
George Eliot lived a very different life than most women. She remained unmarried until she was much older and she lived with a married man .She had a profession (as a writer) . In many ways, George Eliot was a 19th century rebel.