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The Mill on the Floss was extracted from the novel by George Eliot and recently adapted by Helen Edmundson for Soulpepper. The play, which is set in the Victorian era, has a historical morals attached to it. These morals tend to revolve around the female sex and in this play Maggie, the daughter of a troubled mill owner. Maggie, being the lead character, carries the progression of the entire play. When Maggie falls the entire play seems to circle around the fall and the other characters go through the pain Maggie goes through the only difference being the different perspectives. The story puts across to the amateur theatre go-er a plot line as follows: "Girl falls in love with boy boy also loves girl and wants to make a relationship, girl can not because boy is the son of her families arch enemy, girl is torn by her decision..." Usually stories like these ends with the two getting together and being happy forever and ever or they end like Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare wit!
h both boy and girl die because of their love and devotion to one another. This play has neither; in fact this play has so much depth and significance relating back to the historical background of the time. In reality Maggie has nothing she is in a state of solitude, an isolated woman that becomes increasingly sadder as she progresses the play. Even when she is given the opportunity to love someone other than an enemy, the man turns out to be her cousins fiance, and this leads to the theme of the entire play; Maggie's decisions and whether they are right or wrong for that particular time period being that she is bound by certain family and social "laws." I guess you could say that this is quite abnormal from our standpoint but during the actual time period I am quite sure that these types of situations occurred. The play didn't create a story revolving around a families struggle, but more importantly put across the difficult times women went through in response to their fami!
lies' struggles and used Maggie as the perfect model of this. The
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Maggie, Maggie Torri Hinginson,
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