Discussion Topics for The Mill On the Floss:
1. What do these chapters from The Mill On the Floss tell us about social attitudes toward male and female education and intellectual development during the Victorian Period? Provide specific examples.
2. How does Maggie’s intellect compare to her father’s, her mother’s, her brother’s? Provide specific examples.
3. What does the exchange between Mr. Tulliver and Mr.Riley tell us about differences in educating boys and girls?
4. How does the illustration of the witch that Maggie describes relate to Maggie’s own character and situation? Is there a connection between Maggie’s sympathy for the witch and her dawning awareness of her relationship to the world she inhabits?
you are only required to read Chapters 1-5