Among the novelists of the nineteenth century, there appeared a group of excellent women novelists in the British literature, such as Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Mrs. Gaskell and George Eliot. Of them George Eliot is listed by the contemporary English critic F. R. Leavis as one of the four “great English novelists”, for her serious discussion of morality, and her broad mind towards human experience.The lifetime of George Eliot is in the Victorian period on the whole, so is her creating time. In this period, the national power increased very fast. The early years of the Victorian England was a time of rapiddevelopment. The Industrial Revolution brought amazing changes to the country. Ideologically, the Victorians experienced fundamental changes. George Eliot researched and described the life of the Victorian Age in diverse aspects. There were , political and reform; development of science; crisis of religious belief. George Eliot described the provincial life and the relationship of man and society in such backgrounds.George Eliot successfully creates many heroines in her books. More or less there are some personal symbilities between her and those heroines; even in some books abounds her own true image. Through studying the author and the novel, The Mill on the Floss, it is easy to see the author’s experience and her thoughts and feelings have brought great influence to the heroine. You may find out that and Tom are clearly autobiographical; all Eliot’s thoughts can be partly conveyed in this novel. This paper will develop in the following parts to state that this novel is a mirror in which we can see the image of George Eliot in .In The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot shows herself openly and completely in the heroine, , and hereby proposes to have a more close-up look at the link between Maggie’s quest and the quest of George Eliot herself.First, Eliot’s Influence upon the Heroine in terms of . This chapter tries to analyze their attitude to the knowledge. Maggie is earnest about books and has a strong thirst for knowledge when she was a child, on this point Maggie is quite similar as the author, because Eliot’s spirit of diligence brought great influence on Maggie.Second, Eliot’s Influence upon the Heroine in terms of Love. This Chapter reveals Maggie and Eliot were both longing for being d when they were young, moreover, Maggie’s quest for freedom and true and her challenge to the society are actually Eliot’s own efforts.Third, Eliot’s Influence upon the Heroine in terms of Morality. The third chapter states Eliot’s s. She thinks women’s virtue mainly includes Sacrifice, Obedience, and Self-constraint. Maggie’s act didn’t at all go beyond this confine of moral codes, besides, Eliot’s point of view in religious works on Maggie in some way.Fourth, Eliot’s Influence upon the Heroine in terms of Defiant Spirit. This nature was well shown in Eliot’s religious belief and her rebellious marriage. Like Eliot, Maggie rebels against circumstances from an early age, and she makes great resistance for her own .The last part expounds Eliot’s deep concern for lower-class people, and painstaking efforts to save human soul as a writer. All of these are to lead the readers to the author’s aim and significance of her creation The Mill on the Floss.
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