The first edition of this work was published in by William Blackwood and Sons. Background This was the last novel Mary Anne Evans completed. She began the novel needing to give her moral and wise protagonist an ideological purpose, and as she was writing became deeply interested in Jewish culture, largely due to a friend she made, a Jewish lecturer and proto-Zionist Immanuel Oscar Menahem Deutsch.
Plot summary[ edit ] Daniel Deronda contains two main strains of plot, united by the title character. The novel begins in late August  with the meeting of Daniel Deronda and Gwendolen Harleth in the fictional town of Leubronn, Germany. Daniel finds himself attracted to, but wary of, the beautiful, stubborn, and selfish Gwendolen, whom he sees losing all her winnings in a game of roulette.
The next day, Gwendolen receives a letter from her mother telling her that the family is financially ruined and asking her to come home. In despair at losing all her money, Gwendolen pawns a necklace and debates gambling again to make her fortune.
In a fateful moment, however, her necklace is returned to her by a porter, and she realises that Daniel saw her pawn the necklace and redeemed it for her.
From this point, the plot breaks off into two separate flashbacks, one which gives us the history of Gwendolen Harleth and one of Daniel Deronda. In October soon after the death of Gwendolen's stepfather, Gwendolen and her family move to a new neighbourhood. It is here that she meets Henleigh Mallinger Grandcourt, a taciturn and calculating man who proposes marriage shortly after their first meeting.
At first she is open to his advances, then upon discovering that Grandcourt has several children with his mistress, Lydia Glasher, she eventually flees to the German town where she meets Deronda.
This portion of the novel sets Gwendolen up as a haughty and selfish, yet affectionate daughter, admired for her beauty but suspected by many in society because of her satirical observations and somewhat manipulative behaviour.
She is also prone to fits of terror that shake her otherwise calm and controlling exterior. Deronda has been raised by a wealthy gentleman, Sir Hugo Mallinger. Deronda's relationship to Sir Hugo is ambiguous, and it is widely believed, even by Deronda, that he is Sir Hugo's illegitimate son, though no one is certain.
Deronda is an intelligent, light-hearted and compassionate young man who cannot quite decide what to do with his life, and this is a sore point between him and Sir Hugo, who wants him to go into politics.
One day in late July as he is boating on the Thames, Deronda rescues a young Jewish woman, Mirah Lapidoth, from attempting to drown herself. He takes her to the home of some of his friends, where they learn that Mirah is a singer.
She has come to London to search for her mother and brother after running away from her father, who kidnapped her when she was a child and forced her into an acting troupe. She finally ran away from him after discovering that he was planning to sell her into prostitution. Moved by her tale, Deronda undertakes to help her look for her mother who turns out to have died years earlier and brother; through this, he is introduced to London's Jewish community.
Mirah and Daniel grow closer and Daniel, anxious about his growing affection for her, leaves for a short time to join Sir Hugo in Leubronn, where he and Gwendolen first meet.
From here, the story picks up in "real time". Gwendolen returns from Germany in early September  because her family has lost its fortune in an economic downturn.
Gwendolen is unwilling to marry, the only respectable way in which a woman could achieve financial security; and she is similarly reluctant to become a governess, one of the few respectable ways a woman of her background can work, because it means that her social status would be drastically lowered from wealthy landed gentry to almost that of a servant one of the troubles of being a governess is that one's status is above that of servant, so governesses seldom socialized with servants, yet at the same time, their status was far below that of their employers, so they could not socialize with them either.
She hits upon the idea of pursuing a career in singing or on the stage, but a prominent musician tells her she does not have the talent.
Finally, to save herself and her family from relative poverty, she marries the wealthy Grandcourt, despite having promised Mrs. Glasher she would not marry him, and fearing that it is a mistake.
She believes she can manipulate him to maintain her freedom to do what she likes; however, Grandcourt has shown every sign of being cold, unfeeling, and manipulative himself. Deronda, searching for Mirah's family, meets a consumptive visionary named Mordecai.
Mordecai passionately proclaims his wish for the Jewish people to retain their national identity and one day be restored to their Promised Land.Study Guide for Daniel Deronda. Daniel Deronda study guide contains a biography of George Eliot, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
Daniel Deronda, novel by George Eliot, published in eight parts in It is notable for its exposure of Victorian lausannecongress2018.com novel builds on the contrast between Mirah Cohen, a poor Jewish girl, and the upper-class Gwendolen Harleth, who marries for money and regrets it.
Daniel Deronda is a novel by George Eliot (). The first edition of this work was published in by William Blackwood and Sons. Background. This was the last novel Mary Anne Evans completed.
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Daniel Deronda is a novel by George Eliot, first published in It was the last novel she completed and the only one set in the contemporary Victorian society of her lausannecongress2018.com: George Eliot.
"Daniel Deronda" was the last novel George Eliot wrote, and it's an appropriate finale to her career -- a lushly-written, heartfelt story about a young man searching for his past (and clues to his future), as well as a vibrant strong-willed young lady who discovers that life doesn't always go your way/5().