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Silas Marner

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Introduction

How true is it that in Silas Marner money is the root to all evil? Romanticism: Lantern yard is more of a world of artificial man made world of religion and industrialization and Raveloe would be more of a countryside figure where it produced more good. The author has used this in the book because Silas was misunderstood and punished wrongly at the Lantern Yard and was accepted by Raveloe. Regardless of the fact Silas had a bad start at Raveloe everything soon came together as a happy ending. In some cases in Silas Marner, money is the root to all evil, but there are also other causes of evil. For example; William Dane, a young weaver, sins by taking the church money and accuses Silas of theft. He brings forward evidence which strongly proves Silas guilty of the crime he did not commit. The narrator tells us that the linen-weaver, Silas was accused of theft through the quotation 'the knife had been found in the bureau by the departed deacon's bedside - found in the place where the little bag of church money had lain, which the minister himself had seen the day before. Some hand had removed that bag; and whose hand could it be; if not that of the man to whom the knife belonged?' [Chapter 1 - Page 10]. I have taken an extract from the quote above; 'Some hand had removed that bag'. This is a figure of speech, meaning 'someone has removed that bag'. Silas was set up by his so called best friend William Dane, who had become jealous of Silas for two reasons; He had feelings for Sarah - the servant to whom Silas was engaged and because Silas is highly respected by other members of their religious group because of his good life and the fits he suffered which seemed to their simple minds to have some sort of religious significance. ...read more.

Middle

I believe that Godfrey kept his fatherhood with Eppie a secret as he didn't want to disappoint his father, Squire Cass. As then the Squire would not grant his inheritance to him. Another reason he kept Eppie in the dark was because he didn't want to risk his relationship with Nancy Lammeter when Eppie turned up at Raveloe. The relationship was at the time friendship, but they both intended on more. Godfrey Cass is the father of Eppie; her mother is Molly Farren, the drug addict that Godfrey was secretly married to. Godfrey kept Eppie and her mother a secret from his family and friends because he wanted his father's inheritance and his father didn't approve of Molly. When Silas found Eppie at his house, he bought Eppie to Squire Cass and the others which were dancing. Godfrey recognized the baby as his own but didn't come forward to claim his daughter. Mrs. Kimble told Silas to leave the child at the Red House and told one of the girls to get some nice clothes for her. 'No - no - I can't part with it, I can't let it go,' said Silas, abruptly. 'Its come to me - I've a right to keep it.' [Chapter 13 - Page 99]. Silas wanted to keep the child. The child didn't have a name in the story until Silas named her Eppie. Godfrey was relieved that Molly was out of his life but didn't claim his child. He left her to Silas Marner as he knew he would care for her well. Godfrey helped Eppie through her childhood, as he gave money to Silas to extend his cottage, gave money towards Eppie's marriage and clothes. My opinion on Godfrey's kindness towards Silas and Eppie is that Godfrey feels guilty, and is grateful that his daughter is happy and well looked after by Silas. The narrator describes how Silas saw Eppie at first sight through this quotation 'to his blurred vision, it seemed as if there were gold on the floor in front of his hearth' [Chapter 12 - Page 96]. ...read more.

Conclusion

Godfrey was punished when Eppie denied his love, forgiveness and rehabilitation when Nancy accepted and reformed Godfrey. Dunstan stole Silas' money and stole his purpose for living, which was money. Dunstan had his life stolen when he drowned in the quarry. Silas had his purpose given back to him by replacing the money with Eppie. Bad parenting causes evil; Bad children Squire Cass was loveless as he had lost his wife so there was nobody to influence some good in the house. He was also a bully as he showed no affection or guidance to Godfrey or Dunstan. He only wanted Godfrey to get married and carry on the family name, never did he think about Dunstan, unless he was in trouble. Godfrey Cass disowned Eppie and was later on punished when he was not able to have children with Nancy, his wife and when Eppie refused his demands of love. Yet Godfrey was not all bad as he supported Eppie as she grew and in marriage. 'Eppie had a larger garden than she had ever expected there now; and in other ways there had been alterations at the expense of Mr. Cass, the landlord, the suit Silas' larger family' [Conclusion - Page 157]. In a way I feel that Godfrey has tried his best to try and make up for his past by giving money towards making her childhood better by supporting her and Silas by extending their cottage and paying for her marriage. My conclusion is that there are many causes of evil throughout the book Silas Marner. In some cases it is money but there are also other causes of evil such as; jealousy and bad parenting. So it is not so true that money is the root to all evil in Silas Marner. The cause of evil is equally shared between money, jealousy and bad parenting. ?? ?? ?? ?? Quotations from text Comments on text Similes and metaphors ...read more.

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