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Silas Marner

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Nikita Patel 23rdMarch 2011 'In Chapter 10 we see Silas, his soul a 'shrunken rivulet'. Please use the text to trace the course of the last fifteen years and through Eliot's Language show what has made him the character he is in Chapter 10" Before Silas became a 'shrunken rivulet', he was a man who believed in God and "...had been filled with movement, the mental activity, and those close fellow ship" , this shows the background of where Silas came from as it tell us how there was a community, and Silas's old character that how he was involved with his community. And had a big heart with people who cared for him and he cared for too. Silas Marner is introduced as a "pallid young man, with prominent, short-sighted brown eyes" who led a quiet life in the small country community, Lantern Yard. He is a skilled hand loom-weaver of "exemplary life and ardent faith"; His work, friends and faith have a huge part in his life, making him an open and honest person. Silas certainly possesses a flawed character, which we see quite clearly in his dealings with others. From the money he made as a weaver, he only kept a small part for himself, giving the rest to the church and to the poorer people who needed it. ...read more.


He handled them, he counted them, till their form and colour were like the satisfaction of a thirst to him," , Money doesn't mean anything to him in terms of what it can buy. Rather, he treats it as its own society-as a gathering of friends and family, of familiar faces. Years went on and all he wanted to do was get money he had no links outside of weaving. "His life had reduced itself to the mere functions of weaving and hoarding,...", all that was important to Silas was getting the gold and weaving, he could see nothing beyond this. Eliot describes the guienas "as if they had been unborn children...", Silas's love is without purpose. Money doesn't mean anything to him in terms of what it can buy. Rather, he treats it as its own society. In Raveloe the highest ranked family The Casses, included Suire Cass, his eldest son Godfrey " ...a fine, open-faced good natured young man,...", this shows the character of Godfrey, he seems like a good boy, and fairly handsome. Godfrey had a younger brother, the complete opposite to him "... a spiteful jeering fellow, who seemed to enjoy his drink the more when other people went dry." ...read more.


Silas searched everywhere, " ...acting as if he believed in false hopes" , Slias believed in nothing so how could he have believed his money was still in his cottage. Silas is in despair, is hurt and does not know what to do so "...gave a wild ringing scream, the cry of desolation...he stood motionless...", Eliot really emphasises Silas's emotion, she makes us imagine Silas's pain, you can almost hear the scream in your ears. Since the 15 years Silas has been in Raveloe, he has had no contact with the public as he has been a "shrinken rivulet" , his soul has been sucked out of him and his only love is for weaving and his guineas. With the shock of his loss, he runs into The Rainbow, and gets his first contact in ages with the villagers " Silas Marner was suddenly seen standing there in the warm light uttering no word, but looking round at the company with his strange unearthly eyes." He was having his first encounter of other people, with having no links he is beginning to gain links. From being a "shrunken rivulet" we see that Silas has started to regain contact with other people and this is completely opposite to what he was during those 15 years he was in Raveloe. By running into The Rainbow, Silas has gained friends and faith with the other villagers. ...read more.

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