• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Silas Marner change and develop during the course of the novel.

Extracts from this document...


How does Silas Marner change and develop during the course of the novel During the course of the novel Silas Marner experienced some very big changes which affect his life in many ways. The story begins with Silas living in a quiet village called Raveloe. He is a bitter and angry man who lives in isolation away from the other villagers. The reason for his way of living started fifteen years ago in a village called Lantern Yard where he was a weaver. He is kind hearted and popular among the other villagers, he had good knowledge of herbal remedies but believed that faith in itself was good enough to cure anyone. He was a very loyal man and put all his trust in God. Silas suffered from cataleptic fits. While having one of these fits, at the bedside of the priest, he was betrayed by his best friend William Dane. William 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'. Silas trusted his faith and refused to lie at his trial, 'God will clear me' he believed. Silas was found guilty and was forced out of Lantern Yard leaving behind his love Sarah who ended up marrying William Dane. He left believing 'there is no god that governs the earth righteously'. ...read more.


One day the pot was broken and Silas was devastated. Instead of throwing the pot away he carefully placed it back on the shelf, propping 'the ruin in its old place for a memorial'. This behaviour shows that he had chosen objects as company because they could not hurt him in any way. When returning home from delivering some linen one evening Silas went to collect his money from his hiding place. To his horror the money did not appear to be there 'The sight of the empty hole made his heart beat violently'. This money was Silas's life and everything he had worked so hard for. He was determined that he had misplaced the money 'he turned his bed over and shook it'. It took Silas a very long time for him to get over the loss of his gold. This shows the attachment - possibly obsession - he had to the money. In the hope that his money would return he would frequently go out side and check for any signs of it. He fell into one of his cataleptic fits while outside and a little girl who's mum had died managed to get into Silas's house and fell asleep by his fire. When Silas returned into the house he saw the girl thinking it was his money 'his own gold brought back to him mysteriously' he was amazed and 'his heart beat violently'. ...read more.


She forced Silas out of the house to explore and to meet new people. He started to go back to church and socialise with his neighbours. Silas's gold was gone and had, had no real purpose, but Eppie was alive and needed a different type of attention that brought Silas back into the community. Eppie brought all Silas's old memories back and made him think about living the way he had before and he started to get back into his old habits 'sitting on the banks, Silas began to look for those once familiar herbs'. Silas got very attached to Eppie and started to think of her as his own. She escaped from the loom one day and Silas was heartbroken once again but when he found her he was so relieved 'overcome with convulsive joy at finding his treasure'. Before his treasure had been his gold but now his new treasure was Eppie. When Silas first moved to Raveloe his life was dark and his eyes were narrow looking no further than his gold. He did not want or need friends because he believed they would let him down. Eppie opened his eyes to a new life, one containing happiness and joy 'his large brown eyes seem to have gathered a longer vision as is the way with eyes that have been short sighted in earlier life'. The novel shows that all love should be cherished especially the love for life and happiness that Silas found with Eppie. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE George Eliot section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE George Eliot essays

  1. How does the character of Silas Marner change and develop throughout the course of ...

    (This eventually caused a great change to take place within Marner, a change that would affect most of his life.) Because of the misjudgement and treachery Silas experienced, he left Lantern Yard with a new attitude towards life. He felt that he had not only been betrayed by William and

  2. Novelists in the nineteenth century believed not only in entertaining their readers, but also ...

    should Godfrey not comply with his requests. Dunstan had forced Godfrey to give him his horse. However, he wasted the value of the horse and was looking for easy money. This is a contrast to the hard earned money of Silas Marner.

  1. "The great virtue of this novel is the portrayal of the community in Raveloe." ...

    She also wanted to educate people about the dehumanizing affects industrialization had on the towns and cities in Great Britain and the effect it had on independent workers such as Silas. Eliot describes Raveloe as a place pf unspoilt beauty.

  2. They do the Poet in Different Voices

    However, both the biography and the film focus more on the Eliots' lives together rather than on their work. Each of the three biographers agree that their marriage was a manifestly strange one: each dependent on the other's illnesses, breakdowns and 'nerves'.

  1. Silas Marner is a novel based on the ups and downs of the main ...

    Eliot may of used such as terrible life for Silas to portray how hard life could be in them days and possibly to show her own hatred of the world around her. Silas suffers from catalectic fits; these fits make him freeze and look dead "Marner's eyes were set like a dead man's".

  2. How Does Silas Marner Change And Develop During The Course Of This Novel.

    Silas trusted his faith and refused to lie at his trial, 'God will clear me' he believed. After the drawing of the lots, Silas was found guilty and was forced out of Lantern Yard leaving behind his only love Sarah who ended up marrying William Dane, the one who had betrayed him.

  1. Were the villagers of Raveloe justified in Being wary about Silas Marner.

    Silas now has nothing to live for. Up to this moment we feel sorry for him but soon he is blessed. Before I believe villagers had right to be wary of this new anomalous character, but an introduction of a young girl called Eppie changed their thoughts and his mentality.

  2. Silas Marner (Silas Marner) and Jolil (Salt On a Snake’S Tail In Come To ...

    There was a group of them, who felt safer and confident together. It was the one thing they had in common, and walking home together was the one thing they could do to keep safe. Because it is set in the sixties, a time when many people were emigrating over

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work