George Eliot s novels are all dramas of moral conflict. She did not believe in art for art's sake, but in art for morality's sake. According to Leslie Stephen, "George Eliot believed that a work-of art not only may. but must, exercise also an ethical influence. " She believed that, "our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds". If we yield to temptation and sin, suffering and nemesis are sure to follow. We have to reap the…...
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