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  1. How is the concept of British identity represented in East is East?

    Studio scenes must be filmed in the EC or a commonwealth country. 75% of labour costs have to be paid in the EC. Some examples of British film are: East is East, The full Monty, Snatch and Trainspotting. All of these films show -to an extent- British life, as it is, and in your face. This is a common aspect of most British films especially those made by Channel 4. Aspects of Britain shown in British films, such as location and culture are more accurate and true to life than those shown by Hollywood's American directors.

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  2. What impressions of Silas Marner do you form early in the novel? What techniques does the author adopt to guide her reader's response?

    In this setting the writer George Eliot captures all the views of the bygone era, prompted by her indelible Warwickshire memories. The second setting that we are given is one that is not written in the text but one, which we have to look for. Just before the industrial revolution was due to begin is the book's second setting. This is between the decades 1810 and 1840, when the first signs of industrialization were being seen in the urban areas, the first roads into the English countryside had begun to be put in place and land enclosures had fallen off the agenda and the peasants were being forced to move into the towns and cities to earn a decant living.

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  3. Silas Marner is a study of alienation and redemption, show how this is true, making reference to Eliot's characterisation, use of language and other narrative techniques.

    His religion at Lantern Yard, his work and gold for the first fifteen years of his life in Raveloe and then after his gold is stolen he finds Eppie and it is then her which he is very dependant on. Silas is very gentle by nature, and he even tells Jem Rodney to return his gold and he will take no action. When Eppie is young he is very lenient with her and cannot even bring himself to hit her when she is naughty.

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  4. Why Did Lloyd George Win So Convincingly In the 1918 General Election Yet Fall From Power In 1922?

    He also brought the Admiralty under his control in 1917 through insisting on the introduction of the convoy system. Successfully solving the Irish Home Rule Question, something that had up to then eluded every British diplomat before him for the past one-hundred years contributed towards him winning the 1918 election, too. By solving the problem he once again assured the voters that he was a man whom was capable of 'getting the job done'. Lloyd George was even able to win the Maurice Debate in May 1918.

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  5. George Eliot is credited for a style of writing that brings characters and settings vibrantly to life. Explain how she does this in ‘Silas Marner’, focussing on the story of Silas himself.

    In Lantern Yard, the scene that gives a clear and distinct portrait of the betrayal is when the other residents of the village confronted Silas. He was taken to the vestry, where he knelt to pray. He was relying on his own innocence to set him free along with the help of God. By this time the reader can clearly see that the congregation had already made up their mind about Silas. They believed him to be guilty: "...feeling that there was sorrow and mourning behind for him..."

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  6. The changing role of money in Silas Marner’s life

    Silas was astonished but unafraid, "God will clear me," and invited the church to search his home. His friend William Dane found the empty moneybag in Silas's room but still he trusted in God "God will clear me." Silas suddenly realises that William Dane has betrayed him but he still puts his trust in god, Silas said for the third time, "God will clear me". God, however, didn't clear him. Lots are drawn and Silas is found guilty. Silas was "bruised" by William's deceit and began to lose his faith in God. He says, "There is no just God that governs the earth righteously, but a God of lies."

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  7. A Study of the Character of Lydgate in George Eliot's Middlemarch

    In addition, it is followed by the following sentence: "He cared not only for "cases," but for John and Elizabeth, especially Elizabeth." The irony rings loud here, and the reader may even laugh aloud when reading this, but when looking at the character of Lydgate, this shows one of his "spots of commonness", as the texts calls them. Although he may be a man of great learning, he cannot understand a simple aspect of life - money. And this spot, I believe, is that which blocks Lydgate from seeing himself, much to the same degree as it blocks him from seeing truths about the world.

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  8. Comparison Between Latern Yard and Raveloe

    While people in Latern Yard were trying to make more money and less communication with each other, Ravloe were enjoying there time with each other, and making the best out of their lives. Religious Religion played a big part in people live in Latern Yard. Silas lived his whole life in Latern Yard, he was known as one of the religious person there, everyone respected, the elders and the youngsters. He was friend with an individual call William Dane; he was religious person, slightly younger Silas and he was flawless to the others.

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  9. Examine The Treatment Of Alienation And Prejudice In George Eliot’s ‘Silas Marner’ and Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’?

    These two issues (alienation and prejudice) appear throughout both books to very different people, and is brought upon them in different ways. "Silas Marner" by George Eliot Silas Marner is "The Weaver of Raveloe" as George Eliot first described him. Silas is introduced in the book as a young man, exemplary of ardent faith. He is a simple, trusting, self-doubting ordinary workingman with a fervent belief in God and his fellow man. Due to his immense physical work, as a weaver, he has a crooked structure.

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  10. To what extent do you agree that social and moral analysis is required of the reader of “Middlemarch”? Where does the balance lie?

    She was a very learned woman and one who was the friend of many men even more learned than herself. The quotation below, taken from "The English Novel," by Walter Allen, perhaps links to her previous career in reviewing learned books; "George Eliot lived in a much larger world of ideas, ideas which conditioned her views of fiction, the shape her novels took, and the very imagery of her prose." George Eliot's learning helped shape her ideas about how society should act.

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  11. Silas Marner - Comparing his quality of lifebefore and after the arrival of Eppie.

    George Eliot describes Raveloe as a village where 'Many of the old echoes lingered, undrowned by new voices,' (page 14) and his once 'Filled with movement, mental activity and close fellowship,' (page 14). Everything changed for him, his sense of belonging and feelings of love disappeared, as the tightly-knit community of Raveloe were wary of their new, strange neighbour. He had the knowledge of herbal remedies passed down to him from his mother at Lantern Yard, looked different and was unfamiliar with the villages' traditions so he isolated himself from society.

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  12. Explore the reasons why Eppie has such a profound effect on Marner.

    It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the locals did not associate themselves with Marner, and feared him for the aforementioned reasons. Marner, being educated, was able to cure many diseases. However because of the villagers' old-fashioned, superstitious beliefs, they avoided him: In this way it came to pass that those scattered linen weavers... were to the last regarded as aliens by their rustic neighbours... Marner, being an educated man, had the knowledge to cure many diseases. However because of the villagers' old-fashioned, superstitious beliefs, they avoided him.

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  13. The Waste Land: A Game of Chess

    The first section of A Game of Chess is largely composed of unrhymed iambic pentameter, or blank verse. This suggests another influence of Shakespeare. The poem seems to regain regularity at the end of the first half. Eliot starts to use rhymes. He also included literary figures such as similes; "The Chair she sat in, like a burnished throne..."(77) and personification; "...stirred by the air ..."(89). The language is very vivid and descriptive. Eliot "exploits" these literary figures to guide the reader's attention to the crucial points of the poem. The language he uses doesn't only serve to illustrate his views and feelings of the waste land; the language and literary elements are meant to be taken exceedingly literally.

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  14. How does the character of Silas Marner change and develop throughout the course of the novel?

    The downside however to Silas's good-willed and over-trusting nature was that it allowed him to become susceptible and therefore easily a victim to infidelity. Silas Marners entire outlook on life altered when his best friend William Dane, one of the two most prized people in his life subjected him to become the target of supreme envy and treachery. Silas had an infirmity, he frequently had cataleptic fits during which he would freeze and appear lifeless. Even though people at Lantern Yard assumed that such a devoted person must have been having visitations from God, this was "discouraged by the absence on his part of any spiritual vision".

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  15. T. S. Eliot – Imagery of Preludes

    Eliot uses descriptions like, "the faint smell of beer"(15). This definitely brings a smell to your mind. The first stanza begins with a familiar setting, a "... winter evening"(1). This is associated with a lack of growth and a loss of vitality. It also describes death and desolation. This does not last long when we are confronted," with smells of steaks in passageways"(2) paints a picture of a polluted and mundane environment. The precise use of descriptive words composes this mood of decline and despair. As seen when you read " ...the burnt-out ends of smoky days"(4).

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  16. Are there any similarities or differences in the way which Eliot presents Silas’ gold and his daughter, Eppie?

    The difference is that the gold, was much as loved as Eppie by Silas but was inanimate therefore would never be able to return that same love. When Silas comes to discover that his gold has been stolen he is in much despair. He goes to drastic heights to find out who the thief might be by accusing one totally innocent member of the Raveloe community, Jem Rodney, the local poacher. Without even thinking Silas storms down to the Rainbow Inn where he expects to find Jem and so he does.

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  17. The Long Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

    Prufrock is constantly seeing a negative image in himself and always putting down his self-esteem. Prufrock would like to speak of love to a woman, but he does not dare to. He has such questions that drive him back like "And should I then presume? / And how should I begin?" (Eliot 1282). Throughout the story, Prufrock continues to think badly of himself. There is a recurring image in the story that Prufrock compares himself to. "In the room the women come and go / Talking of Michelangelo" (Eliot 1281).

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  18. How Does George Eliot bring about our sympathy with Silas?

    when they all discuss him in the pub and Dustan Cass (Dunsey) over hears their conversation on his wealth. * Betrayal, when Silas' best friend borrows his knife and it is later used to jam open a lock on a safe containing the church's money and subsequently the villagers decide he must leave by decision of the lots. * Love, Silas is engaged to a young lady named Sarah who doesn't return his love, it was not considered proper to call off a wedding and so it was suggested that the Silas was set up in order to give Sarah the right to leave him.

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  19. The Bad are Punished, The Good are Rewarded,Is ‘Silas Marner’ a Moral Tale?

    And you get the feeling that the residents of Lantern Yard are almost primitive, in the sense that they don't even understand the simple craft of weaving. The name, Lantern Yard, also has a meaning. The yard in Lantern Yard, gives you the sense that the village is enclosed and lantern being warm and homely. Silas Marner is first introduced in the book as a mysterious weaver living in a stone cottage by a stone pit in Raveloe. But the description of the noise from the loom, "so unlike the natural cheerful trotting of the winnowing-machine or the simpler rhythm of the flail", gives the feeling that he was perceived as unknown to Raveloe.

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  20. Explore One theme from George Eliot’s novel “Silas Marner”

    As a means of escape, he takes up weaving, as a reprieve from his inner pain and suffering. The second chapter finds Silas fleeing to Lantern Yard, escaping from the misfortunes experienced. Eliot follows this up when writing "In the early ages of the world, we know, it was believed that each territory was inhabited and ruled by its own divinities, so that man could cross the bordering heights and be out of the reach of his native Gods..." In other words, the trust Silas previously had in faith and in the church had turned to bitterness.

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  21. Silas Marner (Silas Marner) and Jolil (Salt On a Snake’S Tail In Come To Mecca) Could Both Be Described As “Outsiders” In Society. Explore the ways in which they and their respective societies are presented and how, if they are, they are in

    It wasn't planned, but it was necessary. If they walked home together, they could pass the gangs of older white boys who gathered outside the school gates without fear. They'd take the short route home, and if they passed the cluster of hostile faces outside the white estate at the end of their street, they could quicken their steps and feel the safe warmth of being part of a crowd." Jolil was not the only one who hated having to watch your back all the time, feeling under threat.

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  22. ‘Eliot ensures that in ‘Silas Marner’ all the characters get exactly what they Deserve’. Do you agree with this statement?

    He loses all trust in man and becomes only involved in material things like his pot which 'had been his companion for twelve years'. When the 'earthenware pot' breaks Silas reaction shows that 'the sap of affection was not all gone'. Silas's heart at this stage is not completely devoid of human feeling. He becomes however, increasingly dependant on his gold and each night 'he closed his shutters, and made fast his doors, and drew forth his gold.' As Silas grows older with just inanimate companions his heart grows harder.

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  23. Silas Marner

    He looked at the time, it was four O clock in the morning, and he was wondering why isn't William back. He went out looking for him, after a while when he was unsuccessful finding him, he looked for anyone that can help him. When he came back he saw William and the minister there already, at first sight they had heavy evidence that he was the murder and the thief of the money. Silas said if you want, you can search me, I only have my saving money that William knows of.

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  24. How are characters and relations made convincing in George Eliot’s ‘Silas Marner’ and Paul Gallico’s ‘ The Snow Goose’?

    and hoards of gold, he only discovers real happiness a little while after his gold is stolen, which is the best thing that ever happened to him, he may not realise this, especially at the time, but we, the readers, do. Eliot portrays Silas's reunion with society as a slow change, but in reality, it was overnight. She deliberately and very cleverly puts lots of symbolism in which carry on as themes throughout the story, the two main themes are light and trust.

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  25. How well does George Eliot establish the setting in the first chapter? (Silas Marner)

    At the opening of the novel, Eliot tries to make the setting distanced from the readers. The time, physical setting and characters of the fictional village of Raveloe is obviously unfamiliar to the readers. Readers are then introduced to the lifestyles of 19th century workers, peasants and villagers who belong to the Victorian society in England. As the novel continues, Eliot starts unfolding story of a local enigmatic linen-weaver, Silas Marner, who is alienated from the society. The opening line of the story, ?In the days when?? is a vivid description of a past norm with a fairy-tale quality which is possibly interchangeable with ?once upon a time?.

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