• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Accepting responsibility for Eppie makes Silas a happier person, whilst Godfrey's rejection of her will only bring him deep regret. Discuss the obvious parallels and differences between Godfrey Cass and Silas Marner.

Extracts from this document...


The novel 'Silas Marner' is a story of old fashioned village life in a remote place called Raveloe, showing how the community responds to the old weaver, Silas Marner, who was once a respected member of a narrower evangelical congregation. The story, set in Raveloe in 1805, was written by Mary Ann (Marian) Evans under her pen name George Eliot. The tale soon flashes back to events that took place before 1805, to the late 18th century, and reflects times past, even for the readers of George Eliot's time. The author uses an omniscient narrator, but her own preaching judgements and summaries can often be seen coming through - as can some of William Wordsworth's ideas and views on the value of what can be learned from the natural world and the innocence of childhood. This preaching demonstrates many of her own opinions, formed largely through her own experience of the religious outlook of the evangelical churches that sprung up in larger towns and cities and to which she had briefly belonged. William Wordsworth' ideas, of the importance of childrens' influences on adults rather than the adults' influence on children, shine through as we read, for example: ". ...read more.


We also wrongly assume that because he is rich, he has everything he wants and is simply being ungrateful and selfish. This contributes to us feeling that Godfrey deserves the childless marriage he ends up with and that Silas Marner deserves to keep Eppie when Godfrey comes to take her back 16 years after he deserted her. This leaves Godfrey regretting what he has done and leaves Silas never happier, with his daughter, Eppie. The habits of the squirearchy are described as "a feverish way of annulling vacancy," which could be compared to Silas Marner's weaving because this 'habit' is also repetitive and is also a way of hiding from the emptiness of his lone life. In absence of all Silas used to have (faith, friends, an important position in the community,) Silas moves to an isolated village named Raveloe and retreats to anull vacancy in a way that we can understand. Although there is a parallel between the squirearchy's habits (gambling) and Silas' weaving, Silas' weaving is fair, hard work for money, whereas Godfrey's gambling is "frowned" upon. George Eliot makes us feel sorry for Silas but not Godfrey. She does this through flashing back to Silas' background and how he lost everything at Lantern Yard that fateful day. ...read more.


It was a sleeping child. These curls felt better than coins because they were indeed, part of a better treasure. Silas got all the pleasure from bringing Eppie up, Godfrey got all the regret. This was because Silas knew the real duty of a father. Godfrey thought proving materially was enough. This is the moral in this book - a father's duty is more than making sure your child has money. Eppie proves this to us when she rejects the offer to go and live with him just because he could provide better for her. She made this decision to stay with Silas alone, despite his telling her to choose as she wished. Deep down though, Silas was desperate to keep her, he loved her so much. He was the one who'd been there for her all of her life. Godfrey only wanted her because he knew now he couldn't have his own child with Nancy. Godfrey and Silas do have similarities; their own ways of nulling vacancy is one, but they also have very important differences: particularly their different ideas of fatherhood. It turns out Silas is right and Godfrey's rejection of his child brings him only deep regret, which Eliot's creation of sympathy for Silas and not Godfrey, makes us feel he deserved. Abi Howse 11G ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE George Eliot section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE George Eliot essays

  1. Silas Marner Essay - What changes does Eppie bring about in Silas?

    Eppie brought Silas away from weaving; she re-awakened his senses with her fresh life. Silas's faith in God also began to change. Dolly Winthrop told Silas to go church with Eppie. 'As the child's mind was growing into knowledge, his mind was growing into memory: as her life unfolded, his

  2. How does the character of Silas Marner change and develop throughout the course of ...

    Which ultimately proved that the three major turning points in his life (being, betrayal by God and man, the loss of his gold and the arrival of Eppie)

  1. With reference to at least 3 poems in the selection, discuss Eliot's achievement and ...

    Augustine's Fire Sermon, which is the image of being burnt up, which is an ironic, but violent parataxis with the sexual sterility and collation of the eastern and western asceticism. "Multiply a wilderness of mirrors" (Raine) The fifth poem, which is the conclusion to the Wasteland mainly refers to the death of Christ in its first section.

  2. They do the Poet in Different Voices

    As Eliot's titles epitomise the difficulty of his work so I spent much time before fixing upon mine. There is a richness of implication in his titles which is often undercut by the actuality of the poems that follows, for example, with The Love Song of J.

  1. To what extent do you agree that social and moral analysis is required of ...

    to discern what we think from what the writer thinks, and from what the characters in the story think. I personally think that in challenging the reader to do this, without them even realising it, she has achieved something remarkable.

  2. What Part Does Gold Play in the Lives of Godfrey Cass and Silas Marner?

    not raising up the confidence to tell his father of the marriage and end his turmoil. He frequently decides to expose what he has done before backing away from it, fearing the consequences. This irresolute behaviour indicates he is not a very strong willed man "But when he awoke in

  1. "Analyse the representation of Multicultural Britain in the films Bend It Like Beckham and ...

    He goes out to a typically English pub and drinks beer which is forbidden within Islam. These actions show he is taking on British traditions and rebelling against his father's harsh rulings. His English friends and colleagues in the pub show their lack of understanding towards other cultures by acting

  2. Contrast And Compare The Three Fathers In Silas Marner. What Does This Examination Of ...

    At this point we see that Silas really does love Eppie with all his heart, and Godfrey on the other hand, only wants Eppie to give his wife a child, when in reality, at the age of eighteen Eppie is not really a child.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work