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Compare and contrast the three fathers in Silas Mamer. What does and examination of their roles reveal to us about nineteenth century society and has it any relevance to us today?

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Silas Marner Compare and contrast the three fathers in Silas Mamer. What does and examination of their roles reveal to us about nineteenth century society and has it any relevance to us today? Silas Marner was an awe-inspiring book, which broadened my mind into the wonders of the nineteenth century, including the ups and downs of family life in the village and still being fairy tale story. Although it was difficult to read and it had a vast vocabulary of nineteenth century language I still understood the plot and gained a lot from it. It taught me about how people's lives then compared to ours, and how they coped with ordinary dilemmas. It is interesting to study how the three fathers in this book compare to each other as fathers, by their characteristics, and also how nineteenth century life differs from life today. The first father that is introduced to us is Squire Cass. He is the father of four sons, one whose name isn't mentioned, Bob, Dunsten an4 Godfrey. As their mother had died a long time ago he had to perform the motlj.efiy role as well as the fathers. This proved to be a hard job for him, as he didn't r ally want anything to do with them. The beginning of chapter three starts of by saying: "...who lived in the large red house, with handsome flight of stone steps..." ...read more.

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Eppie made Silas into a human being who feels something about people. George ETTot said that th�~b�o7kis intended to set in a strong light, the remedial influences of pure, natural and human relations'. At this point in Silas's life he went from a shrivelled maggot to a shiny human. Nowadays single parenting is just a way of life but in the nineteenth century peoj~le ,,~oi{1y understood if it arose out of necessity, such as one parent's death. ~h~he ~,7 modem notion of a single parent through choice would simply not have been understood, and certainly not approved. Also, a woman who kept an illegitimate child would be looked down on, and ignored in 'polite society'. People would not respect her as she went against what they believed in. They believed that it was wrong for a woman to look after a child on her own with no father around. They thought this b~oiino it ivan iiut iiftho iirdinnry h~~t pcitipla nciurndnyn dii nat think it in iurrlng, on it is part of our daily lives. Fortunately this was not the case with Eppie so Silas's was respected greatly. Godfrey is completely different from Silas. He is young, handsome, well off and charming. Silas is old and not as good-looking as he would like. People think Nancy Lammeter and Godfrey loo~ed like a handsome couple. This is shown in the following quote. ...read more.

Conclusion

Its presence fills Silas' life and makes it meaningful. Silas' love for the orphan child becomes his salvation and restores his broken link with humanity. Even with Godfrey, it is the ..... sap of affection" This quote says about what w~provided by Nancy, which stabilized his life. George Eliot believed that "Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds." Her p�vels show this faith. Godfrey had always chased his desires at the cost of his ~4es. In the end his weakness brings its own punishment when his daughter refuses to live with him. Another key issue addressed is the conflict of good and evil characters throughout the novel. It is Eliot's point of view in the novel that evil and sin will be revenged, and morality and virtuousness will be rewarded. Godfrey displays one instance of this when he deceives Nancy and hides the truth about his previous marriage and the child that he fathered. He wishes nothing more than to be free of his responsibilities of fathering his juvenile mistake. In the end of the novel Godfrey and his wife are unable to conceive a child and he is doomed to never take on the role of father again. Even though he is a generally good person, Godfrey is rightfully punished for his sinful and deceitful ways. This novel talks about many aspects of village life in the nineteenth century. It showed how different people coped with everyday situations in their own ways. We in the twenty-first century can also relate to this because how human beings act never change. ...read more.

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