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Compare the ways in which George Elliot in 'Silas Marner' and Susan Hill in 'I'm the king of the castle' present the importance of children in the English class system.

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Compare the ways in which George Elliot in 'Silas Marner' and Susan Hill in 'I'm the king of the castle' present the importance of children in the English class system. 'I'm the king of the castle' by Susan hill and 'Silas Marner' by George Elliot both have central characters that are children. I think that social class is involved in both these books in a number of ways. 'I'm the king of the castle' is about a boy who's got a single mother. There were very few jobs for single mothers when this book is set. So when Mrs Kingshaw got offered a job as a governess in a big house (Warings), she took it to support herself and her son, Charles Kingshaw. ...read more.

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Also Edmund is going to inherit a big country estate whereas Charles has only inherited a photograph of his father Throughout most of the book Charles would love to have his and Edmunds roles switched round but in 'Silas Marner' Eppies who's has grown up in relative squalor compared to Edmund would rather stay poor than live in one of the most influential house holds in the town, the Cass'. Eppie is the squire Cass's daughter from a secret marriage to a local drunk and opium addict. This secret wife died and left Eppie on her own, whilst she was very young. Silas Marner found Eppie and took her in. The squire knew all about Eppie but thought it better to leave things be. ...read more.

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Hooper is the sort of person to kick a man when's he's down whereas Charles would offer a helping hand and get him back on his feet. Eppie loves Silas as if he is her real father, she even calls him father. You can tell the fondness she holds for Silas in this, "you shall never be alone again father." She said that to Silas before she got married. Eppie, even though she's adopted loves Silas. But Charles detests both his real mother and Mr Hooper (who is trying to be a father figure for Charles) even though he is being provided with everything 'they' think he could want. This shows that the authors are trying to emphasize their thoughts that lower class children tend to grow up better and learn to live life to the full even when times are particularly hard. ...read more.

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