Study Guide

Middlemarch Three Act Plot Analysis

By George Eliot

Three Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Dorothea's marriage to Casaubon, his death, and her discovery of the codicil in his will forbidding her from marrying Will Ladislaw.

Act II

ends when Dorothea walks in on Will Ladislaw and Rosamond Lydgate and thinks they're having an affair.

Act III

Everything gets resolved – Rosamond explains it all to Dorothea and leaves Will free to marry Dorothea. After Dorothea gives up her fortune.