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  1. George Eliots Middlemarch is a novel embroidered by social relations, marriages, gender roles and a plain perspective on the Victorian society. Adopting a feminist perspective, Eliot aims at putting forth some matters of gender roles within the time

    As stated in the novel, "Women were expected to have weak opinions (7)". T.R. Wright comments on Dorothea's character in his book titled George Eliot's Middlemarch saying: Dorothea is portrayed as perpetually battling against limitations in her education, refusing to be satisfied with fashion, embroidery and a girlish instruction comparable to the nibbling and judgments of a discursive Mouse and insisting on a wider focus for her energies than village charities and the occasional Perusal of Female scripture Characters.(75) Despite Dorothea's rebellious character there is also a feminine side of her which makes Eliot draw similarities between Saint Theresa and Dorothea in the Prelude.

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  2. What is Your Response to the Suggestion that Raveloe is the Main Character Of The Novel, Silas Marnerl?

    The village shapes the narrative, being responsible for most of the major areas of interest in the tale. All the individual characters provide interest and together form the character of the town, from characters such as Dunsey to Dolly. The story begins with a sympathetic description of the 'honest folk' of Raveloe. Our first real source of interest in the novel comes from the villager's hostile reaction to Silas. We are initially told about Silas through the eyes of the villagers. Elliot echoes the villagers process of thought and way of speech throughout the novel, namely at the beginning.

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  3. The Importance of Belonging in 'Silas Marner'

    Because of this he has a sufficiently happy life which seems too simplistic to cause him any trouble. However, when he is falsely accused of a theft, he is expelled from the village. As a result of this abrupt termination of his belonging to Lantern Yard, everything he had established there (such as friends and work) falls to pieces leaving him devastated and without direction in life showing great evidence in favour of the importance of this kind of belonging.

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  4. Introduces her four major concerns illustrated in Silas Marner - namely village life

    In many ways, this difference is very real. Raveloe is still untouched by the effects of the industrial revolution that created the town Elliot's readers are familiar with. It is Elliot's objective to provide a comparison between Raveloe and such towns - represented in the novel by Lantern Yard. The opening paragraph also describes the villagers. They are described as "untraveled" and are very much uneducated. Knowledge to them is something suspicious, most likely due to the fact history has showed that those with power and knowledge tend to oppress those who are weaker.

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  5. Examine Eliot's Presentation of Parenthood in Silas Marner

    and uses him as an example of a bad parent, giving examples of his neglect as a father. "The old Squire was an implacable man: he made resolutions in violent anger, but he was not to be removed from them after his anger had subsided" (P82). This aspect of the Squire's character added to his son Godfrey's "habitual irresolution" (P83) and prevented him from confessing to his father. Eliot implies that Godfrey has grown up weak willed and cowardly because of the nature of his father and shows that Godfrey doubts his father's love for him.

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  6. 'How successfully does George Elliot balance sympathy and criticism in Godfrey Cass?'

    It is this theme that Elliot bases her sympathy and criticism around, because on the one hand we can see he isn't really doing the right thing by trying to hide his marriage to Molly, but on the other we can see that he is trying to avoid trouble and hurting people's feelings. The first way in which Elliot balances sympathy with criticism, is by the use of comparisons; the first main comparison is between the two halves of Godfrey, for on the one side he is good natured, caring and generally a 'good' man, as shown in the quote

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  7. 'How does George Elliot account for the changes that occur over the course of the novel in Silas Marner's character and his relationships with others?'

    Another major change that occurs throughout the book is the change in Godfrey Cass; this change is slightly different to the rest, for two reasons; firstly, whereas most other changes happen gradually, Godfrey's change happens spontaneously when he tells Nancy of his secret affair. Secondly, whilst the other changes seem to be improvements (such as the change in Silas), Godfrey's change does not quite seem to make him that much of a better person; he still had an affair and he is still grateful that Mollie died.

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  8. "Silas Marner is nothing more than a fairy story." Do you think this is a fair assessment of George Elliot's novel?

    Between the three different types of characters, they are also divided into some heroes and some villains. There are quite a few fairy tale characters in this novel. In most fairy tales, there are similar characteristics. In this particular novel, there are many good characters that end up heroes in the end of the book. The fairy tale characters in this novel include Eppie, Aaron, William Dane and Dunsey. These are the two-dimensional characters and we do not know much about them. These are all characters that have similar qualities about them that you would never find in real life people.

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  9. Discuss the recurring theme of sympathy, forgiveness and compassion in The Mill on the Floss.

    Her compassion is further reinforced by the fact that she was willing to love Philip even though society looked down on his deformity, which is conveyed by Philip telling his father ?girls are not apt to get attached under those circumstances [accidental deformity].? Moreover, Maggie portrays sympathy at a young age when she attempts to subdue Toms feud with the Wakem family by claiming that ?[Philip] couldn?t choose his family? [so they] ought to be the more sorry for him?, because his dad was a ?bad man?.

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