The Feminist Polarity between Hetty Sorrell and Dinah Morris in George Eliot's Adam Bede
She is shown always in the very actions of goodness, but conscious goodness is the most difficult, but conscious goodness is the most difficult quality a novelist can portray, no doubt because though it undoubtedly exists, we all know, and all the saints have been agonisingly aware, that it cannot exist unalloyed. Dinah is too much a model of religious and moral excellence to be convincing as a human being.
Dinah may be unconvincingly good, but this is perhaps her purpose. The novel was written in 1859, but is set at least seventy years before this time; the character of Dinah reflects desirable qualities in a wife. Dinah can be considered a paradox of sorts, yes she is morally and religiously impeccable; but in order to obtain the husband she sexually desires she must give up her preaching to be his dutiful and perfect housewife. Her moral perfection has not brought her a fulfilling life; the ending does not really satisfy the reader. It does not seem correct that