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  1. Superficiality in the poem the wasteland.

    The Wasteland is a soulless picture of a world deprived of fertility. Everything has become sterile in this barren landscape, people have nowhere left to look but to the outer shell because the inside is emotionally dead. As a result, the characters of The Wasteland are superficial in every sense of the word. Some are obsessed with appearance. Others are so far detached from the things that make life more than just breathing and looking good, that they perpetuate the destructive cycle that is slowly killing them and their world. They exist without hope, faith and spiritual enlightenment.

    • Word count: 1653
  2. Detailed study of Silas Marner.

    Godfrey had secretely been married to a women called molly and had a child. When Silas Brings the little girl to his house Godfrey recognises her and realises that the women Silas found must be the girls mother, Molly. Godfrey rushes out to make sure that the women was dead because if she was he could then marry Nancy Lammeter. The women is dead and later on when he returns to the party at the red house he proposes to Nancy. He doesn't own up to the fact that he was married to Molly and that the little girl is his child.

    • Word count: 701
  3. The outsider in Silas Marner.

    This makes the gold seem almost like something that is living. The reader feels that Silas is attached to his gold and that he looks to it as if it were a pet or a relative. The word "faces" makes them sound creature like and it is Elliot's clever use of such metaphors that puts ideas into the readers mind throughout the novel. Silas' strange obsession with his gold adds to the suspicion of the villagers and separates Silas even more from their close-knit community.

    • Word count: 1040
  4. Silas Marner - George Eliot. Eliot's presentation of the divide between rich and poor, and to what extent this is an influential factor in the novel.

    The only other family that rivals this kind of standing within the community are the Lammeters. They too are descendants of wealthy landowners and are equal to the Cass' in status. Below the Cass family are the middle classes such as the doctors and magistrates of the village. The Kimble's social credibility made them "suitable" friends for the Cass family. The third tiers in this structure were the peasants and workers; the labourers of the village. They had skilled jobs and worked hard to live in any comfort. They respected and looked up to those with money and status and in return they were looked down on.

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  5. What do we learn about life in the early 19th century from reading "Silas Marner" by George Eliot?

    to move to a place where they could find work; mainly in factories, it was also important that the town had a church as they were regular church-goers. It was like a group of set villages put together and called a town; each with its own area name. Silas belonged to this sort of community along with its strange religious cult. Silas became friends with a man called William Dane, he was of a high standing in Lantern Yard. Silas had a mild epileptic fit but people thought that he was visited by god; this gave Silas a status that he could only dream of.

    • Word count: 3216
  6. Examine the significance of the rural landscape in Silas Marner.

    Suggesting that the revolution has turned people away from Lantern Yard and no one comes to visit anymore. However, Raveloe remains unchanged because of its natural seclusion. Silas Marner is closed off even more by the 'nutty hedgerows' as well as being part of Raveloe which is a place 'hidden from heavens'. Lantern Yard is a picturesque, beautiful place. On the other hand we have Raveloe which does not have a chance to show off its beauty as it is closed; it lays 'low among the bushy trees and the rutted lanes aloof from the currents of industrial energy and puritan earnestness.'

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  7. Consider George Eliot's narrative techniques in Chapters 13 and 19 of Silas Marner.

    This love is from Eppie, a baby girl, which Silas believes God has sent to him. This happens in chapter 13. These two chapters also show a contrast in the attitude of Silas and of another main character in the book, Godfrey Casse. Eppie is actually Godfrey Casse's secret daughter. In chapter 13 Godfrey's attitude is that Eppie is his dark secret come to haunt him. However in chapter 19 Godfrey knows he is unable to have any other children and desperately wants Eppie under his wing.

    • Word count: 1130
  8. Examine the structure and how new characters are introduced in the two novels: "Remains of the day" and "A room with a view".

    When Stevens tells us that Lord Darlington would never have placed him in embarrassing situations he is forgetting or perhaps simply not admitting to us and himself that he was in fact placed in far more embarrassing situations by Lord Darlington. The majority of this novel is told through Stevens' flashbacks to how life used to be and a lot of the story is told in the past tense. It is rare that we hear the voice of Ishiguro although he has crafted Steven's' narrative, he is generally unobtrusive in the narration except maybe in moments of humour, like Stevens'

    • Word count: 1997
  9. Silas Marner.

    They filled her with peace in some way making her reflect and think more. She looked down on Aaron Winthrop; the man she loved, her husband who was sleeping on the large double sized bed. He had gorgeous wide eyes, black hair, full lips and a cheeky smile that he had on even as he slept. He had a gentle face and a straight nose. He was beautiful even in the dim light and Eppie thought so too. Aaron had worked very hard today in the nuclear plant and just then she thought how lucky she was to be in this position today.

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  10. Analyse the development of Silas Marner's character in the novel. Pay particular attention to the change after he finds Eppie.

    eye with seeing the little squares in the cloth complete themselves under his effort" This quote is important because it shows how much Silas works. He gets paid for his work but at first he didn't think about the money until Mrs Osgood had given him it. After that he became to like the money more and more and eventually became money orientated. He became money orientated because he had no friends and no family to keep him company. The money was like his only companion and his family.

    • Word count: 1241
  11. What Happened To the Romanov Family?

    in that house and in source B Charles Eliot states that there is no real evidence as to who or how many victims there were. The two accounts maybe so similar because Judge Sergeyev showed Eliot around the house, and Sergeyev may have just shown Eliot wanted what he wanted to see and covered up anything he didn't want him to see.

    • Word count: 540
  12. How Does Silas Marner Change And Develop During The Course Of This Novel.

    His life revolved around religion. He was a very faithful man and put all his trust in God. Most of the money Silas made as a weaver was given away to 'piety and charity'. He suffered from cataleptic fits, which he could claim to be visions of God but he is too honest and truthful to do this. While having one of these fits, at the bedside of the unwell priest, he was betrayed by his best friend. This friend, William Dane, framed Silas with taking the priest's money, and said that Silas's fits were visions from Satan 'to give Satan an advantage over you'.

    • Word count: 1714
  13. Discuss the theme of an outsider in 'Silas Marner' and 'To kill a mockingbird'.

    This makes Raveloe an outsider town. Silas Marner is a weaver and the fact that the industrial revolution is about to commence is ironic because as soon as the industrial revolution begins to take over he will be out of his job, this adds to the theme of an outsider. A weaver also works from home and does not have many interactions with other people, which makes him more of an outsider. A weaver was also seen to be unusual career for a man at this time, which also makes Silas more of an outsider.

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  14. George Eliot prefaced 'Silas Marner' with an extract from 'Michael' by William Wordsworth. How far does the novel echo the traditions of the Romantic Movement as shown in Wordsworth's poem?

    In the book Silas Marner, written by George Eliot, he use a quotation from 'Michael' to his preface: A child, more than all other gifts That earth can offer to declining man, Brings hope with it, and forward-looking thoughts There are many features of Romantic writing seen in Michael and are reflected in Silas Marner. Firstly the main characters of Romantic Movement are simple, lonely, often solitary individuals and sometimes alienated. In Michael, we can see that Michael is separate with the rest of world although he has a wife, Isabel and a son, Luke.

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  15. To what extent do you think that Silas Marner is a moral tale in which the good are rewarded and the bad punished.

    He showed his affection and love for such a petty thing because he was completely alone and all he had were the items in his house. Every night Silas took out his gold from its hiding place to count, he thought of his coins as friends and wouldn't spend any of it. Even though he acts like a miser he wasn't selfish, his love for his money was the cause of spiritual desolation. The cataleptic fits Silas suffers from change his life twice in the book, firstly when he is kicked out of Lantern Yard, and then Eppie crawls through Silas,s door which he was having one of his fits.

    • Word count: 884
  16. Silas Marner was written by George Eliot, who grew up on a large country estate in rural Warwickshire.

    This weariness and suspicion is provoked by a time of extreme change where old traditions and customs are under threat of succumbing to laws of economy. The geographical location of Raveloe reflects these feelings of the villagers. Lying "low among the bushy trees...in a snug well wooded hollow" it remains untouched from any change. It is also described as being "hidden from the heavens" giving a sense of complete isolation, and a reason as to why the "old echoes lingered, undrowned by new voices".

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  17. A great deal is significant about the way George Eliot portrayed women's rights in the 19th century in her novel Silas Marner.

    Within the marriage a women's legal rights that she may have had outside marriage were taken away, All property signed to women's name was handed over the her husband. Although divorce was not really approved men could divorce their wives but women couldn't divorce their husbands. In Eppie's case I think that Eliot was trying to portray that you have to be rich to be the 'ideal' Victorian women. Even though Eppie is unsophisticated she holds all the qualities needed to be the ideal Victorian women.

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  18. Consider the presentation of Squire Cass, Godfrey Cass and Silas Marner - How does Eliot explore the concept of fatherhood through these characters in the novel?

    Squire Cass's two sons Godfrey and Dunstan both turns out as bad people and later, Godfrey a bad father. Eliot blames this on Squire. When Dunstan originally goes missing, Squire doesn't care and assumes he will be back soon enough. He doesn't take interest in his son's day to day actions and his ruined them by spoiling them, assuming that money will replace the love he doesn't show. Eliot describes Squire as being a volcano. He makes harsh decisions and doesn't change his mind when he has calmed down and realised he was wrong, making him irrational and stubborn.

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  19. What is A Room With A View about, in your opinion? What methods does E.M. Forster use to convey this message to the reader?

    However at the end of the novel, the reader is made aware that Miss Bartlett purposefully does not interrupt a conversation between Lucy and Mr Emerson, perfectly aware that he could persuade Lucy to admit her feelings for George. So which group would Charlotte be categorised in after that? And there is Miss Lavish who initially claims to Lucy that she is a radical but is later extremely snobbish about George Emerson's job in the Railway. And Cecil who seems very liberal when he expresses his opinion that 'the classes ought to mix' and criticises the snobbery of Summer Street

    • Word count: 1540
  20. "Roots", a novel by Alex Haley.

    Taken to the slave market in southern America, he is bought by a 'massa' Walker and ordered to work in the fields. Kunta Kinte is no longer a free African man but a 'nigger', a black American slave. After trying to run away 4 times with no success, he slowly starts to accept the life that he has. Kunta is given the name of 'Toby" and is given the job of carriage driver for the 'massa' and his 'missus'. Reminded by the fact that he soon must marry, he asks Bell, the cook on the southern plantation to 'jump the broomstick' (what the Negroes must do when the get married).

    • Word count: 1510
  21. 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?

    This says that he was a grand and of a higher classed person. In this book the local pub is a place where class is shown greatly. Just alone this name is symbolic in itself. A rainbow has many different colours, this relates to this pub in the fact that people f~m all parts of the class system go into it. This bOok also shows very clearly that the village has high expectations of his role in soyi~ty and he tries to keep them.

    • Word count: 1897
  22. Discuss the importance of the theme of "duty" in George Elliot's novel Silas Marner?

    Silas Marner honoured his obligation and he was a real accountable gentleman. He took in Eppie and guarded her with his own life. He would put her first and never neglected her he only wanted the best for her. There is an example of this in the novel, when Godfrey and Nancy came to adopt Eppie. Silas gave Eppie the opportunity to give her own opinions. He wanted her to be were ever she felt homely. He was extremely friendly to her and he never neglected his duty to bring Eppie into a young lady.

    • Word count: 1268
  23. Attitudes of the main characters in 'Silas Marner' and 'Gift of the Magi' towards money and wealth.

    Showing that money was so valid to him it was seen as an 'element of life' but this is clearly only because he is lacking the privilege of real love. This attitude is also shown slightly further on in the story as money is also described as: 'Like the satisfaction of a thirst to him; but it was only in the night, when his work was done, that he drew them out to enjoy their companionship.' By the simile 'satisfaction of thirst' used we can see that Silas Marner's money was very imperative for him and it is as if he craves it like a thirst, and it is seen as almost essential to life, as water is for us.

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  24. East is East.

    He tries to show his sons the right way to live, by saying, "Son (Saleem), you not understand because you don't listen to me. I show you how a good way to live. You no English, English people no accepting you. In Islam, everyone equal see, no black man, or white man. Only Muslim, it special community" He wants he children brought up in a traditional Muslim way but the children do not agree. This is because of his treatment of them, in their diverse racial culture influences.

    • Word count: 1058
  25. Examine the significance of the rural landscape in Silas Marner.

    The setting of this story, in Victorian England amidst the industrial revolution contributes to the change in Lantern Yard. However, Raveloe remains unchanged because of its natural seclusion. Silas Marner is closed off even more by the 'nutty hedgerows' as well as being part of Raveloe which is a place 'hidden from heavens'. Raveloe does not have a chance to show off its beauty as it is closed, it lays 'low among the bushy trees and the rutted lanes aloof from the currents of industrial energy and puritan earnestness,' which also serves as protection for the Raveloe community as it is shielded from the deadening effects of the Industrial Revolution.

    • Word count: 1033

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