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T.S Eliot's Preludes and The Love Song of J.Alfred. Prufrock, are examples of modernist poetry which illustrate the concerns of modernist poets.4 star(s)
This greatly influenced Eliot's style and impacted his way of writing. Some main features used include imagism, allusion and a free verse rhyme scheme. Imagism is mainly concerned with the use of precise images to capture a moment, or feeling of a character. In Preludes, Eliot creates an image of a yellow fog "that rubs it's back ... licking it's tongue into the corners of the evening..." which could also be interpreted as an image of an "urban cat" at night time lurking around the city. It is this image which conflicts with the romanticist's imagery of nature - it represents the ugliness of urban fog.
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At the end of Silas Marner, there is a feeling that justice has been done, that the bad have been punished and the good rewarded. Explain, with reference to at least two characters in the novel, how far you agree with this statem
The child wanders off and arrives at Marner's house whilst Marner is in one of his trances. Marner wakes up, see's the child, and then goes out and finds the dead body of Molly. Marner decides to keep the child and Godfrey tells nobody that it is actually his. Marner names the child Eppie after his sister and mother. The novel skips to sixteen years in the future and you learn that Godfrey has married Nancy, but they are childless, and that Eppie has grown up happily with Marner. Dunstan is found in the bottom of the stones pits with Marner's gold, which is returned to him.
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Eliot does this to show the contrast between Silas' personality before and after Eppie's introduction in Raveloe. Silas' gold has a significant importance in the novel. By hoarding the gold he gains a sense of belonging and comfort. Most people only like their money as they lust after the things they can buy with it, but Silas keeps the gold for its mere presence. The gold also represents people to Silas, another reason why he doesn't feel the need to socialise in the village.
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The time in history that George Eliot bases her work on is just before the Industrial Revolution. In the late 18th to early 19th century the lives of thousands began to change as factories were being opened in large numbers. The Industrial Revolution was a period of great change. New industries developed rapidly as a result of a number of new inventions and the way in which things were produced, and the way people lived and worked changed rapidly as a result of these developments. As the number of factories grew people from the countryside began to move into the towns looking for better paid work.
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What does the novel Silas Marner have to say about the relationship between parents and their children?
The decision has to be made between love and money. The story of Silas Marner portrays strongly the view of a father's love for his child, and how their love would see their child through thick and thin. As George Eliot wrote this novel in the Victoria era, it was less likely that people would take her work seriously. To make sure she did, she changed her name from Mary Ann Evans to a male's name as in this era, male author's seemed to be more successful. In the Victorian era, it was said that a woman's career was marriage.
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This quote proves that after the horrors of being accused, and being betrayed by his best friend William, and his loss of his most loved one Sarah, Silas finds no more hope and sunshine in Lantern Yard, and leaves. Silas was horrified, and eventually lost faith in what he believed in and who he trusts. He gradually began to realise and believe that there must be darkness and injustice in this world. He had also lost faith in religion and god, as he assumed that God would prove his innocence.
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In Chapter 1 his cottage is described as being, 'a stone cottage'. The fact that the cottage is made out of stone creates the idea that the cottage is cold and harsh, reflecting Silas Marner's character. Just as a stone is hard to break and open, Silas' heart is also hard to reach. Stone is also generally a bleak grey colour, it is thought of as quite a dull material. His cottage is described as being, 'not far from the edge of a deserted stone-pit'. This shows that Silas Marner does not live near the heart of the village of Raveloe.
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Explore George Eliots interest in human nature as shown by her approach and interests in Silas Marner
It shows the differences between the rich and the poor. The differences show that although working and not as wealthy as others but they can still have good things happen to them. The wealthy can mostly control what they want but in the end they are not happy. Silas Marner was written in 1861, which was in the middle of the Victorian period, is different in George Eliot's novels. The story of Silas Marner can reflect back to George Eliot's life.
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The novel is mainly set in the early Nineteenth centaury but briefly goes back in the past to the 1780's to explain the reason as to why Silas has become so detached from society. The main part of the novel is set between 1810 and 1840 when industrialisation had started making in-roads into the English countryside. Raveloe village, however, remains untouched by the revolutionary changes taken place outside of the village. Raveloe is the town that Silas now lives in, yet before he had live in the strict Congregational Sect of Lantern Yard, he had left there fifteen years before coming to Raveloe having been exiled from the churches community.
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Dorothea finds it limiting, and this is one of the first things we learn about her. "For a long while she had been oppressed by the indefiniteness which hung in her mind, like a thick summer haze, over all her desire to make her life greatly effective. What could she do, what ought she do? - she, hardly more than a budding woman, but yet with an active conscience and a great mental need, not to be satisfied with girlish instruction comparable to the nibblings of a discursive mouse."
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Causing suspicion and speculation, he doesn't try to mix with the community and they knew no more about him 15 years on than they did the day he arrived, and so treat him like an outcast. This reflects the struggles that Elliot faces during her life after becoming a fallen woman, she also is treated as an outcast and isn't accepted in society, also the small similarities that they both have as they both wear glasses and she knows what it is like to stare at things and how this may seem strange to other people, but is completely normal.
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Marner previously lived in lantern yard, an area within a large town, and led a life of charity and he gave "a large proportion" of his money "to objects of piety and charity". However, Silas Marner has no faith when in Raveloe due to the events in Lantern Yard and gives no money to money to charity, therefore, his money builds up to a heap. The events in Lantern Yard which forced Silas Marner into isolation, involved the death of the Deacon, by illness.
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Instead of the "great manufacturing town" of Lantern Yard from which Silas comes, the agricultural people of Raveloe are in touch with the community and nature around them. When Silas first enters the Rainbow Inn after the robbery, the first dialogue heard by the reader is that of an argument between the villagers on the very subject of "who it is has got the red Durhams o' this country-side". While it is difficult to respect one's surroundings if they are the factories and industry in a city, it is easier for one to appreciate and respect nature, and this connection is key to respecting other human beings.
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The novel is used to explore and delve into relationships from the opening scenes with a clever use of a intrusive narrator. This technique gives Eliot the chance to express her own views and opinions as well as giving a divided storyline. Silas' relationships in the religious community, as well as the Cass's relationships, are developed using intrusive narration and are a crucial aspect of the storyline. Using an example, when Eliot gives her own opinions about Godfrey Cass, ''If it is the way with all men and women who reach middle age without the perception that life can be thoroughly joyous''.
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She thought that the people of the city looked like 'the remnants of a disinherited race'. People who lived in the city were pale and undersized, they were alien-looking. George Eliot thinks the countryside is a better place to live because there aren't factories surrounding the place; it isn't dark and dull like the city. The people who lived there 'brawny country folk' were tanned and healthy because they worked outside in the sun instead of working inside all the time. Silas's journey represents the journey of a person's life. Eppie helps Silas on his journey by giving him a chance to start over again; she helps him forget all that has happened in Lantern Yard.
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The term comes from the word omniscience meaning infinite knowledge, which comes from Medieval Latin, omniscienta, from omni- (all) and -scienta (knowledge), from which we get the word science. Bad parenting was being introduced into society at the time the novel was written due to the Industrial Revolution. Many a family was moving away from their home villages to the cities and both communities and families were breaking up. Eliot's novel comes in response to this and informs the reader that parenting is still an important part of life; she also warns of what happens when parental duties are neglected.
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How does Eliot create sympathy for Marner in chapters 1 & 2? Why is this important for the success of the novel?
Eliot then jumps backwards chronologically to describe Marner's time at Lantern Yard, a strange Religious cult-like sect common at the historical context of the novel; where it is explained to us how he was betrayed so easily by his best friend and all he knew, and how this single act of betrayal left him with nothing. This knowledge into Marner's character helps explain why Silas will be untrusting and a recluse at first entry into Raveloe, but it begs us to ask why he still after 15 years hasn't integrated.
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The Victorians had many values and George Eliot had included some of them in her novel. Duty was very important to Victorian readers for whom George Eliot wrote. These characters in the book who failed in their duty as parents are punished and those who fulfil their duty as parents are rewarded. In Silas Marner duty is presented through the theme of parenting and community. It is closely connected to a sense of justice and moral awareness. The duty of parents in Silas Marner was to look after their parents. I the parents does the job properly then the will get their children turning out well.
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George Elliot writes about those times when every little detail mattered, goes through them thoroughly. Main Part. It all began when Silas moved to Raveloe and started to weave again. The money he got from was stored, as he usually gave it to church. He doesn't anymore, because when he got framed for murder he said God would clear him and prove him innocent, but he didn't. So Silas kept the money for him and the amount grew and grew.
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"Silas Marner is the story of a lost soul who finds redemption." Explain how this comment might apply to George Eliot's novel.
His faith in God was his soul. When he loses this, he has supposedly "lost his soul". George Eliot makes the point that religion lets down Silas, after he places his faith into it; when he is accused of murdering the senior deacon, he says "God will clear me". He repeats this when the stolen money is found in his home, and again after a confrontation with Silas' supposed friend, William Dane "I am sore stricken; I can say nothing.
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Discuss how the communities of Lantern Yard and Raveloe influence the development of Marners character
Although Marner was admired by many he was also feared a little as he'd 'inherited from his mother some acquaintance with medicinal herbs,' however his Methodist upbringing eventually tempted him into 'believing that herbs could have no efficacy without prayer'. During this time in Lantern Yard, he had struck 'such a close friendship' with man named William Dane, the were often nicknamed "David and Jonathan" in reference to the the biblical stories. However we are then informed about their very contrasting appearances, and see how Dane is portrayed almost as the fox-figure in the friendship, with "narrow-slanting eyes, and compressed lips" whilst Marner appears as the 'defenceless' rabbit with 'large prominent eyes'.
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George Eliot has written about a number of different family relationships in her novel 'Silas Marner'. Which relationships do you consider to be the best models for society today and how far do they reflect the author's own ideas and the time in which she
'Silas Marner' includes many characters that are family towards one another although they are not always related. At the beginning of the book, after being betrayed in Lantern Yard, Silas questions his beliefs in God, leaves his religious group and moves to a smaller village called Raveloe and works as a linen weaver. This part of the book reflects on George Eliot's life because, like Silas, Eliot left a religious group because she questioned her faith in God. Silas does not communicate with other people, with the exception of Mrs.Osgood. Mrs Osgood is Silas's boss and pays his wages.
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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
This also ties in with George Eliot's own life, as she herself was once religious but then later discarded her faith. Eliot had an illegal marriage, in time causing her society, and even her own family, to reject her and classify her as an outcast. This is almost a parallel to Silas Marner's own life in the novel. Silas Marner's journey of development begins in the small community of Lantern Yard where Silas was born and brought up. Lantern Yard is a Methodist community, strictly cohering to the bible and Christian living.
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The village held a nostalgic view of life and were bewildered by the concept of Silas's profession, weaving. They were confused by how thread was made into clothing and were suspicious of the newcomer, Silas, Because of this they thought he was in league with the devil. However, the other environment depicted is Lantern Yard, which was Silas's home town before he was expelled. Lantern Yard is a poor artisan community and even the name suggests that is a place which is dark where no one goes. However the inhabitants are all close friends and all gather together for the church services.
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This fact is blatantly conveyed in the representation of a character like Silas, whom was previously marginalized. However, due to his admirable deed of "acting like a father to a lone motherless child", despite his bare ability to survive himself taking into consideration his poverty stricken status, Fate deemed him well-deserving and awarded him with a chimerical life. The trait of society being revolved around the perfection of virtues, where what is done determines what is done to us, promotes some sort of epiphany, signaling the maturing or realization process in the characters. Ernest Hemingway, however, diverges from this path.
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