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Discuss how the two communities of Lantern Yard and Raveloe influence the development of Silas Marner's character in the novel.

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GCSE COURSEWORK YEAR 10 Discuss how the two communities of Lantern Yard and Raveloe influence the development of Silas Marner's character in the novel. The purpose of this essay is to discuss how the two communities of Lantern Yard and Raveloe influence the development of Silas Marner's character in the novel. Throughout the novel, Silas Marner's character is clearly changing and this can be attributed to the influence of the two different communities. This can be proven by using quotes from the text to show the social, moral, cultural, religious and historical aspects of Lantern Yard and Raveloe. Raveloe is "an important-looking village, with a fine old church." The inhabitants of Raveloe are not rigidly religious as they tend to go to church on special occasions, but they see the church as playing an important role in the social customs of the village, and their attitude towards strangers is Christian in the true sense. For example when Silas loses his gold the villagers decide that "two of the sensiblest o' the company should go with you to Master Kench." This shows that the villagers are friendly and helpful, even to relative strangers such as Silas because they help him go to Master Kench's, who is the constable, to report the loss of his gold. ...read more.

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This is because wherever he went people would give him advice and the children weren't scared of him anymore. This is important because it shows that Silas has gone from being alone and unfriendly to being a part of the community once more. During the time Silas was at Lantern Yard the place was a tightly knit and religious community. This can be proven by the fact that "among the members of his church there was on young man ...with whom he had long lived in close friendship" and that Silas was thought to have been selected for a "peculiar discipline." When Silas was falsely accused of stealing from the church he lost all faith in man and God. Silas says "there is no God that governs the earth righteously, but a God of lies, that bears witness against the innocent." This is one of the ways that Silas changed during the novel, as before he believed in God and then when he went to Raveloe he didn't believe in God because God had betrayed him at Lantern Yard. The community of Raveloe are also a close-knit community like Lantern Yard but they are not as strict or religious as the people in Lantern Yard. ...read more.

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Also "no child was afraid of approaching Silas when Eppie was near him." This is a contrast to his earlier years in Raveloe when the children were afraid of him. Silas also became more religious when Eppie was christened as he went to church with her and brought her up properly. Silas was also christened at the same time as Eppie and so started to believe more fervently in God, like he did while he lived in Lantern Yard. Before Eppie had come to Silas he was obsessed with his gold and living in a monotonous circle of working to get more gold. He had also given up on religion and had locked himself away from other human beings. After Eppie arrived he became open to new ideas and more loving. He also integrated more with the community and regained his faith in God. He felt gold was meaningless as "the coins he earned afterwards seemed as irrelevant as stones brought to complete a house buried by an earthquake." The key points in this essay are that the social, moral, cultural, religious and historical aspects of Lantern Yard and Raveloe both influenced Silas Marner in different ways, by changing him from a kind, well-known person, to a lonely miser and then back to a kind, well-known person again. ...read more.

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