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The Character and Education of Daniel Deronda

The Character and Education of Daniel Deronda

Brought up as an English gentleman with the paths of scholarship and government open before him, by the end of the novel Daniel Deronda chooses to embrace Judaism and to dedicate himself to Jewish national renewal.

Brought up as an English gentleman with the paths of scholarship and government open before him, by the end of the novel Daniel Deronda chooses to embrace Judaism and to dedicate himself to Jewish national renewal. Professor Wisse analyzes the emerging qualities of his character, Mordecai’s role in calling him to a grand national mission, and the way in which the overall themes of the novel are expressed in Daniel’s British and Jewish identities.