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The extracts from Silas Marner and Spoonface Steinberg describe situations which are highly emotional. How does this successfully does each writer convey this depth of feeling to you?

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The extracts from Silas Marner and Spoonface Steinberg describe situations which are highly emotional. How does this successfully does each writer convey this depth of feeling to you? How does each use the qualaties of the chosen genre (i.e novel and radio script) to affect your response? I am studying two texts: Silas Marner, by George Eliot, and Spoonface Steinberg. The former tells the story of Silas Marner a linen weaver in the West Midlands. He becomes dominated by his gold which he earns from his trade. This gold is stolen, but soon mysteriously a young girl called Eppie arrives on his doorstep. He adopts her and soon begins to see how precious she is to him. Sixteen years later Silas's gold is presented to him, but now Godfrey and Nancy Cass, who are local land oners want Eppie back Godfrey proclaims to Eppie that she has a future with him and Nancy, leaving Eppie to choose between Silas and Godfrey. The second extract, Spoonface Steinberg, is from arecent radio play by Lee Hll. It tells the story of a seven year old girl, Spoonface, who is suffering from cancer and is dying. In the final scene she thinks about some of the people in her life who she is close to, especially Mrs Spud the cleaner. ...read more.


In the opening scene of the extract the writer begins with building up the mood of happiness. He delibritly paints this picture in the opening two paragraphs to show how blissful the characters are towards each other. It brings the reader to imagne in their minds of how Eppie and Silas maybe feeling, their look on their faces and the sharing confidences between them both. As the story continues we see Eppie and Silas seayed alone together quietly talking notably we can see the closenes between the two of the. If I pick out two examples from the second paragraph we shall see how their happiness brings them together. For instance, "She had drawn her own chair towards his knees and leand forward, holding both ahnds while she looked up at him." Significantly this reveals how Eppie feels towards Silas, it would seem at this point that the reader will have a clear view in their minds,a representation of Eppie holding Silas's hand. Indeed this tells us and the reader a lot about Eppies's character when she pulls her chair towards Silas it unveils her compassionate, inttentive personality. More importantly is when she bends down and grasps Silas's hands. The reader may be able to illustrate in their mind the commiserative expression on her face. ...read more.


When Eppie says to Silas "But I know now, father. If it hadn't been for you, they'd have taken me to the workhouse and they'd have been nobody to love me." It stirs my feelings it makes me think hard about what she proclaims to Silas . If makes me think is there anyone in the world who loves their father as much as Eppie? It also touchs me the way she sys it. If this story was to become real life I would see that Eppie would say it with determination which she meant from the bottom of her heart. It makes me think deeply about her cahraceter, quiet, kind and polite. Silas Marner is highly emotional. Now that Eppie knows who her real father is it is going to cause, not riots but a big dilemma between them. For the best of her future, she chooses to saty with Silas. Even though she knows Godfery is her real father she doesn't want to leave Silas. She has throughly had to think fast regarding her future. She has though about everything Silas has done for her. Silas ha brought her up and she is not willing to abandon Silas for Godfery and Nancy. The author is successful in engaging my interset in Silas's feelings. As ...read more.

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