Infanticide in Adam Bede: Hetty Sorrel and the Language of Justice

@article{DAlfonso2019InfanticideIA,
  title={Infanticide in Adam Bede: Hetty Sorrel and the Language of Justice},
  author={Francesca D’Alfonso},
  journal={P{\'o}lemos},
  year={2019},
  volume={13},
  pages={251 - 263}
}
Starting from an analysis of realism as expressed by George Eliot in Chapter 17 of Adam Bede, this paper intends to investigate the way in which law is enforced in a case of infanticide. In particular, in Eliot’s novel the crime is committed by the beautiful and naive Hetty Sorrel whose tragic destiny is a consequence of her seduction by the aristocratic Arthur Donnithorne. Hence her condition of a fallen woman and, accordingly, the trial culminating in the sentencing to hanging. Significantly… CONTINUE READING