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Silas Marner - Eppie is Significant to the novel. Discuss her character And her Importance In the Novel.

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Silas Marner Eppie is Significant to the novel. Discuss her character And her Importance In the Novel. Before Eppie's arrival into the story, Silas' life is full of misery. Silas Marner is very odd- unusual from every other being. He lives like a hermit and has hardly any visitors. Marner is of some use however- he has a bit of medical knowledge. But he was not the usual doctor and people felt uncomfortable about him as he believed in herbs more than he did in god. He had a gift of curing people who suffered from 'rheumatism' and his herbal remedies are thought to be associated with the devil and black magic. '...still more darkly, that if you could only speak the devil fair enough.' Silas suffered from cataleptic fits. This caused his eyes to glare into no mans land and not realise what is happening in front of him. When he receives his earning which is usually paid by gold, he savours it. At the moment, Silas is like a snail in a shell, waiting to come out and excel. Godfrey has a big surprise waiting for him on New Years Eve. His previous wife, Molly Fahren, is planning on showing up and avenge him for leaving him. ...read more.

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She was very joyful and 'laughed merrily.' 'She knew nothing of frowns and denials' Even though she was not part of the rich, she was very happy with what she had and not being rich did not bother her. She had everything she needed. Before, he used to repel children as they used to be afraid of him but now 'no child was afraid of approaching Silas when Eppie was near him.' She gained a lot of respect for Silas as people believe he did a good deed by taking in the child and bringing her up as a single parent. People realise that looking after a child is very difficult with two parents but for Silas it would be even harder. 'The little child had come to link him once more with the whole world.' Their love was so strong 'that blent them into one.' Eppie was an inspiration to the whole community who had love for everyone. Before Eppie's arrival, 'he had stood aloof as from a strange thing, with which he could have no communion.' However, there was extra interest on the upbringing of Eppie under Silas from Godfrey. He gave gifts which people thought were just good gestures but was trying to be apart of her life. ...read more.

Conclusion

'Father by blood must have claim above that of any foster-father.' She still regards Silas and only Silas as her father and she cannot bear to part with him. He has acted like a real father and has loved her like a real father. That bond is a lot stronger than that of bloody if they don't know each other. She doesn't want to leave her present life. He believes it is his duty to take her but he didn't think of this when she was little. Eppie is very polite when she shows gratitude to the Cass' by curtsying even though she barely knows them. She has a love of nature and animals. She is a well contented person. She's very faithful to him. 'I'll cleave to him as long as he lives.' She is like a prime example of Dolly Winthrop but at a younger age. She brought happiness into Silas' life and was a consolation to the disappearance of his gold. When it re appears, she has more value than it does. She was a revelation in Silas' life. She completely changed his hostile behaviour and he became regarded as an important member of the local community. 'O father...what a pretty home ours is! I think nobody could be happier than we are.'u ...read more.

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