Our aim is to make clear how George Eliot is trying to hold up a mirror in Daniel
Deronda against later nineteen-century Britain in her social and spiritual context.
Christian tradition, in her view, has long been settled more or less into a dead-letter
conventionalism. She finds in Jewish way of life a comparative viewpoint from which
she can look closely at her own cultural background. In order to restore a living religion
into the whole fabric of society, Hebrew language and its organic vision of history seem
to Eliot to give a valuable hint for British people to learn from. Her awareness of this
finds expression in a thread of the Jewish story woven in parallel with the English one.
We will examine this sense of purpose on the part of the novelist on the evidence of the