Courses / Literature / DANIEL DERONDA

Coordinators: Lynnel Garabedian, Sanford Kessler

Daniel Deronda was George Eliot’s last book and her most controversial because of her sympathetic view of the plight of the Jews and the beginning Zionist movement. Set in Eliot’s own time, the 1860’s, the author presents an aristocratic degenerate English society marked by racial and religious prejudice. The story centers on two main characters — a compassionate adopted son of a wealthy man who searches for his true identity, and a haughty, beautiful young woman who makes a drastic mistake. Both characters, who become friends, must change their perceptions of the world and of themselves and seek personal and moral growth.

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