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Character Sketch - William Dane

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Introduction

Character Sketch - William Dane William Dane is described as a, "shining instance of youthful piety" but is "so dazzled by his own light that he holds himself wiser than his teachers." This stubbornness arises again when he dreams that, "he saw the words 'calling' and 'election sure' standing by themselves on a white page in the open bible", suggesting that he is on of the elect to pass directly to Heaven. ...read more.

Middle

He deviously frames Silas Marner by stealing money. He plots to, "lay the sin" at Silas' door. William Dane then, "exhorted to his friend to confess and not hide his sin any longer". This shows how far he would go to make his friend look guilty. Then when Silas Marner accuses him of plotting William Dane cunningly tells the brethren to, "judge whether this is the voice of Satan or not." ...read more.

Conclusion

He betrays and deceives him. William Dane is no friend. He destroys Silas Marners trust in any man or woman. He doesn't ever directly lie to Silas Marner. However he lies to Sarah and the brethren about where he was when the money went missing. It is that single fact that destroys Silas Marners life in Lantern Yard. William Dane is deceitful and sly. He is devious and a liar. William Dane stole Silas Marners place within in society. He stole his girlfriend and has pushed him out from Lantern Yard religious community. ...read more.

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