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Changes in attitude seen in Silas from the beginning to the end of the Novel.

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Introduction

At the beginning of the novel Silas says, "there's no just God that governs the earth righteously, but a God of lies, that bears witness against the innocent". At the conclusion of the novel he says, "there's good I' the world - I've a feeling o'that now". What makes him change his mind? What are the events that lead to his regeneration? Silas lived in a large city named Lantern Yard where he remained out of the way of the other inhabitants. He spent most of his time working as a linen-weaver in his small, quaint cottage increasing his financial position further. He was a miserable and antisocial man with no cares apart from for that of his bags of money. He was unfamiliar with his neighbours were almost unaware of Silas's presence in the area they and had a very negative attitude towards him. Silas suffered from fits fairly frequently since he was accused of stealing money from the chapel. He would go into a daze and would be oblivious to everything going on around him making him vulnerable. You mat notice in the story that Silas usually tends to have a fit during each important event such as when he was framed for stealing, when Dunstan stole his money and when Eppie walked into his home. ...read more.

Middle

The setting of the village meant that no-one ever thought that they could be robbed and that particular night was cold, wet and overall quite unpleasant so Silas didn't feel the need to lock his door. Despite all of this Silas still kept his gold hidden under the floor in his cottage, this emphasises the importance of his money to him. However when Silas returned to his cottage to eat his dinner and count his money he was astonished and shocked to not be able to find his gold. It was in fact, Dunstan, a son of the Squire Cass who had robbed Silas and it seemed that God once again had no intentions of helping Silas. The rain during the night wiped away any foot prints that had once been there which could have lead to the thief's capture. Silas's money meant everything to him, he knew the exact amount he had saved and the idea of having lost it all left him totally devastated and confused. He considered that the devil or evil spirits may have stolen the money, after all Silas believed that they had played a part in his conviction of theft in Lantern Yard when he was found guilty. ...read more.

Conclusion

Silas had begun looking out of his open door at night as villagers had told him to listen to the New Year bells which would bring him good luck and as we are about to find out, signal another factor leading to his regeneration and changing his beliefs. Here we notice that the New Year is bringing a new start to Silas's life. Silas had been in one of his fits while Eppie, the daughter of Molly had walked into the cottage and settled in front of the fire. On recovering he bent to mend the fire and he thinks he saw his returned gold on the floor but he soon realised after touching Eppie that it was actually a sleeping child. Silas claimed his right to keep the child to the doctor who had attended to Molly who died in the snow not far from Silas's cottage. Raveloe quickened its changing attitude to Silas because he adopted the orphan. The women within the village were helpful in guiding Silas on how to care for the child and provided good advice and some warnings. It is as though Eppie replaced the importance of his money, and that didn't change as Silas didn't return to his work and his counting gold which suggests he became totally reformed due to the appearance of Eppie. The only time money was of any importance to Silas anymore was when Eppie wanted or needed something. ...read more.

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