As an outsider, living apart from this social structure, Silas initially lacks any sense of this identity. Godfrey's first and secret wife, who has a child by him; an opium addict; lower class, impoverished. The proposed plan was for was for Dunstan to sell Wildfire to a friend of the family, which he agreed to after a generous offer.
Sixteen years pass, and Eppie grows up to be the pride of the village.
Some of these are never the subject of a direct statement, but constant repetition brings them to the reader's attention, and the novel draws some sort of conclusion about them. The Folktale and Silas Marner".
Eventually, the skeleton of Dunstan Cass—still clutching Silas' gold—is found at the bottom of the stone quarry near Silas' home, and the money is duly returned to Silas. Nearly any character in the novel could serve as an example of this moral order, but perhaps the best illustration is Godfrey.
Fittingly, Godfrey ends up with a similarly compromised destiny: We at this point feel great pity for the man because he emerges as the most tormented party with little responsibility for the unruly consequence the money has brought.
Studies in English Literature, Priscilla Lammeter, Nancy's plain, unwed sister, who supports Nancy and their father.
Eppie changes Silas' life completely. A Forum on Fiction.
His attention has now turned to Eppie, a person to love, and thus helping Silas to understand a mutual connection with something other than his gold. Characters[ edit ] "Silas finds Eppie" Silas Marner: She has a strong bond with Silas, who through her has found a place in the rural society and a purpose in life.
On a winter's night, Molly tries to make her way to Squire Cass's New Year's Eve party with her two-year-old girl to announce that she is Godfrey's wife.
Macey speaks warmly of Mr This therefore leaves you in a state of apprehension as speculation and frenzy further mounts as to what will happen. A Forum on Fiction. Macey, seated outside his door. The woman Silas was to marry breaks their engagement and instead marries William.
Dolly's help and advice assist Marner not only in bringing up Eppie, but also in integrating them into village society.
For, he has been scarred by the superstitious and cruel rejection of the community where The Journal of English and Germanic Philology. George Eliot herself described Silas Marner as a story of old fashioned village life and as such, it has long been a favourite amongst her novels.
On the way, she lies down in the snow and passes out. As a means of escape, he takes up weaving, as a reprieve from his inner pain and suffering.
Yet, his misfortune has changed his reputation in Raveloe and his neighbors become more likely to help him than to avoid him. A theme may be mentioned only indirectly and yet be quite explicit in its meaning. Kimble, the doctor of Raveloe, who attends when Molly is found dead.
He tells other people, hoping for its return. Analysis[ edit ] Lawrence Jay Dessner has drawn connections between the biographical circumstances of Eliot's life in relation to events in the novel. Studies in the Novel. He throws himself into his craft and comes to adore the gold coins he earns and hoards from his weaving.
It combines comments on morality and religion in a narrative of life in England during the artisan industry. His gold now becomes the object of his work, and nothing but weaving his loom day and night in order to earn more of the gold matters.
To be outside the community is to be something unnatural, even otherworldly. He was, after all in a predicament of having to lend a helping hand in paying back his brothers debts. Silas keeps the child and names her Eppie, after his deceased mother and sister, both named Hephzibah.
Gilbert 's play Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith takes its initial situation—the arrival of a child in a miser's life—from Silas Marner as noted in the librettoand has a somewhat similar ending, although the middle section is entirely new.Symbols are a key aspect of the novel Silas Marner, by George Eliot.
Eliot uses them to help develop and intensify the plot of the story. Each symbol represents major themes of the story. The stone pits near Silas Marner ’s home in Raveloe appear only a few times in the novel, but they serve the key role of hiding the body of Dunstan Cass and Silas Marner’s stolen (read full symbol.
The storyline lent itself well to being dramatized with Sir Ben Kingsley playing "Silas" in the 's BBC production which adheres well to the intention expressed in the novel by George Eliot The paperback by George Elliot makes a fine gift for a young person starting life.
George Eliot's "Silas Marner" is not well known. None of my /5(). A summary of Themes in George Eliot's Silas Marner. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Silas Marner and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans.
The tale of Silas Marner certainly must be understood symbolically as well as literally. Eppie is explicitly put forward as a substitute for Silas' treasure, and this raises questions of the nature of treasures literal and spiritual.
Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe is the third novel by George Eliot, published in An outwardly simple tale of a linen weaver, it is notable for its strong realism and its sophisticated treatment of a variety of issues ranging from religion to.Download