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

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Silas Marner & Fairy Tale "Silas Marner is nothing more than a fairy story." Do you think this is a fair assessment of George Elliot's novel? In this novel, by George Eliot, 'Silas Marner', there are many fairy tales like aspects. Silas Marner is indeed a fairy tale, but it isn't purely a fairy tale. It also has realistic aspects. Fairy tales always have happy endings and they always represent the power of good over evil. They also have a timeless and universal quality towards them and they often contain some form of magic. In the novel there are many characters that like characters that you would expect in fair tales. However, although there are fairy tale like characters in this novel, there are also those that are more realistic characters. Therefore, it can be said that the characters in this novel are divided into those that are fairy tale characters, and those that are realistic characters. Also, in this novel there are a few characters that are partially fairy tale like characters, and partially realistic. The novel, in that case is divided into three types of characters; fairy tale characters, mixed characters, and realistic characters. Between the three different types of characters, they are also divided into some heroes and some villains. ...read more.

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On this William exhorted his friend to confess'. Dunsey's brother, Godfrey, can't be called a villain because he helps Silas to look after Eppie by providing him with money. Although there are these fairy tae characters in this novel, there are also those with different aspects. For example Silas himself and Dolly Winthrop have quite a few different aspects. They both are similar characters to each other. They are both partially realistic and partially fairy tale. In parts of the novel, they behave as typical fairy tale characters, and in part of the book they behave as realistic characters. Silas is a mixed character in this novel, which means to say that he is partly a real character and partly a fairy tale character. He has some obvious fairy tale aspects. In his appearance, he closely resembles a gnome. In this novel Silas is also referred to as 'Rumple Stiltskin'. In this novel he is an unlikely hero and he also has many realistic aspects about him. Also his personality is neither fascinating nor dynamic. He is short, skinny and physically feeble. Silas shows quite a bit of realism throughout the entire novel. When Eppie turns up in his life, it is like a 'revelation'. ...read more.

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Nancy has, 'high veracity', 'refined personal habits'. Although Nancy is not bad, she still ends up getting punished in the end. This shows that she is a realistic character. She is a level headed and practical character. Nancy changes in the book from being a positive woman to being unhappy at not having a child and she is trying to make her husband happy about it. This is something else that shows some realistic aspects like humans in her character. Another fully realistic character in this novel is Molly. She is a realistic character in this novel with a very small part. She is hardly mentioned in the novel, but she is the drunkard who Godfrey is married to at the start, and she is Eppie's natural mother. She is a character who is addicted to drinking and she is also depressed. This shows some realism in her character, as many human beings are addicted to drinking. The two themes of fairy tale and realism are present throughout the book. The characters in this book are clearly divided between those that are realistic characters and those that are fairy tale characters. This novel by George Eliot is quite similar to 'A Winter's Tale'. There is good balance in the book between the two aspects of fairy tale and realism. Kunal Sapat Fairy Tale essay 10/05/2007 ...read more.

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