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Which character in your opinion deserves the most pity?

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Introduction

Which character in your opinion deserves the most pity? We have been reading Silas marner. It is a novel happiness and sadness. It was written by a Victorian lady who went by the name 'George Elliot'. The book takes u through silas's life and his ups and downs. In the beginning of the novel Silas Marner lives in an industrial town. The focal point of the town is the church. The church deacon is unwell and Silas looks after him at night but falls into ones of his trances. His friend realizes this and frames Silas for theft of the churches money. This is the first instance of unhappiness. Silas loses his girlfriend and get thrown out of the village. So he moves into Ravaloe a small farming community. He doesn't get involved with the community much just sells them his cloth. He becomes very wealthy and doesn't ever spend any money. He becomes obsessed with money. One night Silas has his money stolen by Dunstan Cass. Silas is very upset and doesn't find out who stole his money till they find Dunstans body in the pond with the money. ...read more.

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Godfrey loves his child 'Eppie' and gives all his money to molly to spend on cloths and accommodation for Eppie but she spends it all on opium. The Cass family has money which is what all the other families want but don't have. But the Cass family has more problems than the poorer families. The novel shows that money isn't everything. Godfrey has brought his sorrow upon him because he should have brought molly to his home and told people he was getting married and then he wouldn't have been in the state he is. Therefore Godfrey doesn't deserve as much sympathy as his brother Dunstan. Mollies background is unknown and why she has turned to drugs is also unknown but Eppie is an innocent child and deserves better. If her father (Godfrey Cass) had taken her into his home then she wouldn't of been subjected to such poverty. Eppie deserves a lot of pity but she doesn't know any different so she isn't missing anything. One night cold night molly decides that she will take Eppie to see her granddad (Godfrey's father). ...read more.

Conclusion

Godfrey and Eppie although related and look similar, have been brought up differently and Eppie respects what she has and enjoys what she has got. Godfrey takes things for granted and is a grumpy moody person. Godfrey and Dunstan's dad didn't do much to help them but Silas look after his child and she grew up knowing what was what and how to treat people and how to make the most of what she had. Victorian family's where brought up by nannies and servants rather than the parents so they weren't much of a family. The wedding is the last thing in the play and it shows how Silas is happy in the end and is now part of the community. It shows that Eppies has brought him love and happiness not his money. The play finishes were it starts, in the church. Silas goes through a lot in the play and never does anything wrong. I think this is why Silas deserves the most pity out of all the characters. Silas takes everything that is thrown at him and never gives up totally. He is the strongest character in the novel and he deserves all the pity he can get. Tom Jimpson ...read more.

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