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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.

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    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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  2. 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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  3. 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.

    • Word count: 1617
  4. Silas Marner

    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.

    • Word count: 1488
  5. How does George Eliot use Setting in Silas Marner?

    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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  6. Middlemarch Essay

    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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  7. What part does gold play in the lives of Godfrey Cass and Silas Marner?

    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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  8. What was George Eliot's purpose in writing Silas Marner?

    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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  9. Exploring the theme of relationships in Silas Marner

    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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  10. Silas Marner Essay - What changes does Eppie bring about in Silas?

    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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  11. Silas Marner

    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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  12. "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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Silar Marner VS Indian Camp. Compare and contrast.

    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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    His neighbors regard him with suspicion. Silas has epilepsy and occasionally has epileptic fits. Small villages back in the time when 'Silas Marner' was set did not have that much medical knowledge and treated Silas in a dismissing manner. Silas is one of very few in the town with some sort of knowledge on medicine and health. Silas has a great fascination with medical herbs and knows a great deal about them. Small country communities like in 'Silas Marner' almost always have some supernatural behavior within them, although most of the time it is only rumors.

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  17. SIlas Marner

    However, one of the only times where she is depicted in having the realistic characteristics of loyalty, generosity, and lovingness, are shown in the scene in Chapter 19, where Godfrey, her biological father comes to Silas's house, asking Eppie to come live with him and his wife. Nevertheless, Eppie refuses him and tells him that she will stay with Silas, and not leave his side, for he is the only father figure she has known all her life. As well, a big house and a rich lifestyle does not compel her to change her mind because Sila's home and the lifestyle she lives is what she is use to, and she will also marry a workingman.

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  18. Rip Van Winkle

    The author then introduces the main character Rip Van Winkle, whom he describes as "a simple good-natured man, he was moreover, a kind neighbor, and an obedient hen-pecked husband". Gove 2 Rip is known as a "round" type of character, which means he is mentioned throughout and appears throughout in the whole story. Rip continuously suffers the wrath of his "termagant" wife Dame Van Winkle, who sees Rip as a lazy nobody and blames him for all their misfortunes. Dame Van Winkle is known as a "flat" character, which means she is also mentioned throughout the story, but does not appear in the story as much.

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  19. 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

    They are the two sons of the Squire Cass. Of the two sons Godfrey is the more good willed, he tries his best to do his father proud. "a fine open-faced good-natured young man." However the one big mistake of marrying Molly Farren seems to keep on dragging him back. Godfrey has had a little girl with Molly, but because Molly is of a lower class than Godfrey he is ashamed to tell anyone about the marriage, he is so ashamed because in Victorian times class was incredibly important epically when it comes to marriage.

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  20. Describe how the character of Silas Marner is presented in the novel and explain how George Eliot's readers would have judged him

    He remembered about some herbs that made his mother better so he gave these to Sally Oakes and her illness disappeared. As soon as Sally Oakes told the rest of the village of how her illness had vanished thanks to Silas Marner they all thought that Silas Marner was some sort of witch or wizard who was put on the earth specially to either help them or make there lives hell. Silas Marner seems to be mysterious because he never talks to anyone after what happened at Lantern Yard.

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  21. How does the arrival of Eppie make Silas Marner different?

    He then gets accused of stealing whilst he was in one of his trances. This makes him recoil from the community like he had just been stung "I am sore stricken. I can say nothing. God will clear me." This quotation shows that he feels like he is in pain and he is hurting because he has lost his good name in the community. When he is found guilty he is forced to leave Lantern Yard and the woman he loved. He is forced to leave the village and move to another called raveloe.

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  22. Do you believe that Godfrey Cass is too harshly judged by George Eliot; or do you think he deserves the consequences he suffers for the abandonment of his child?

    We will now pay particular interest to Godfrey Cass, a central character. Godfrey is the focal point of the deceit and lies in novel; he hides a secret wife and child from his father and lover (Nancy Lammeter). Dunstan (also known as Dunsey in the novel and Godfrey's younger brother), influenced Godfrey into marrying a drunken barmaid, Molly Farren, after a one night stand, where he got drunk and later found out that he was a father. Spinning a web of lies, Godfrey concealed this secret, bribing Dunsey in the process, and we will decide whether or not he deserves the consequences of the abandonment of his child, a little girl who Godfrey pays no attention to.

    • Word count: 1939
  23. Analyse the representation of multicultural Britain in 'Bend it like Beckham' and East is East

    I'll be looking at some of the characters and scenes and what they might represent. In Bend it like Beckham multicultural Britain is portrayed very efficiently. It shows how young Asians are still expected to be faithful to their Asian roots and to keep the same way of life in a foreign country. Football is used to show how an Asian child can adapt to British culture. Football is also a new interest for British girls as well. It's the story of Jess Bamra, a teenage Asian growing up in Hounslow, West London. She has been brought up with a traditional Sikh background with religious parents who want the best for their daughter.

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  24. Carefully examine the way in which the momentous events of New Year's Eve dramatically changed Silas Marner's life

    At first he thinks God will clear him, but this hope turned into misery when his religious community casts him out. His faith in god is completely lost. Sarah breaks up with him and soon marries William Dane. This makes him realise he can not trust man either. This is shown on page 20, ".......Poor Marner went out with that despair in his soul- That shaken trust in God and man, which is a little short of madness to a loving nature."

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