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  1. To what extent do you think that Silas Marner is a moral tale in which the good are rewarded and the bad punished.

    He showed his affection and love for such a petty thing because he was completely alone and all he had were the items in his house. Every night Silas took out his gold from its hiding place to count, he thought of his coins as friends and wouldn't spend any of it. Even though he acts like a miser he wasn't selfish, his love for his money was the cause of spiritual desolation. The cataleptic fits Silas suffers from change his life twice in the book, firstly when he is kicked out of Lantern Yard, and then Eppie crawls through Silas,s door which he was having one of his fits.

    • Word count: 884
  2. Silas Marner was written by George Eliot, who grew up on a large country estate in rural Warwickshire.

    This weariness and suspicion is provoked by a time of extreme change where old traditions and customs are under threat of succumbing to laws of economy. The geographical location of Raveloe reflects these feelings of the villagers. Lying "low among the bushy trees...in a snug well wooded hollow" it remains untouched from any change. It is also described as being "hidden from the heavens" giving a sense of complete isolation, and a reason as to why the "old echoes lingered, undrowned by new voices".

    • Word count: 717
  3. Analysis of quotes from 'The Love Song of Alfred J Prufrock' by T.S Eliot.

    Prufrock feels he is confined to h**l and a life of loneliness in a lonely, alienating city. The images of the city are sterile and deathly; the night sky looks "Like a patient etherised upon a table". The use of enjambment, the running over of lines, further conveys the eeriness and sense of foreboding Prufrock has towards his bleak surroundings. This debasement continues throughout the poem, literally in the images and figuratively in their emotional associations for Prufrock. The above images all speak to some part of Prufrock's personality. The etherised patient, for instance, reflects his inability to act while the images of the city depict a certain lost loneliness.

    • Word count: 922
  4. Compare the ways in which George Elliot in 'Silas Marner' and Susan Hill in 'I'm the king of the castle' present the importance of children in the English class system.

    When they arrive things go badly from the start for Charles. The boy Mrs Kingshaw is governing is Edmund Hooper, (son of Joseph Hooper) is destined to inherit the Warings estate. Edmund considers himself better than Charles because of this he also thinks that he has power over Charles. This is shown in the way Edmund bullies Charles and also in the way he acts round him. The superiority that Edmund thinks he has over Charles is based on ownership. "This house is mine" attitude, even though the house is not yet Edmunds shows this.

    • Word count: 610
  5. The Battle of Mons

    Thus, even exposed units could shield themselves quickly, allowing them a chance to fight back. In itself, this was an impressive retreat, in that British training and equipment allowed them to greatly reduce injuries and loss of life. Grim as the outcome was, it could have been much worse. By Christmas 1915, widespread rumors had taken the credit for the successful retreat away from the hard-working British soldiers, and had given it to a supernatural agent. The story said that St. George himself, patron of England, had led a host of angels and ghostly warriors from the past to shield the British retreat.

    • Word count: 719
  6. The Waste Land: A Game of Chess

    The first section of A Game of Chess is largely composed of unrhymed iambic pentameter, or blank verse. This suggests another influence of Shakespeare. The poem seems to regain regularity at the end of the first half. Eliot starts to use rhymes. He also included literary figures such as similes; "The Chair she sat in, like a burnished throne..."(77) and personification; "...stirred by the air ..."(89). The language is very vivid and descriptive. Eliot "exploits" these literary figures to guide the reader's attention to the crucial points of the poem. The language he uses doesn't only serve to illustrate his views and feelings of the waste land; the language and literary elements are meant to be taken exceedingly literally.

    • Word count: 761
  7. T. S. Eliot – Imagery of Preludes

    Eliot uses descriptions like, "the faint smell of beer"(15). This definitely brings a smell to your mind. The first stanza begins with a familiar setting, a "... winter evening"(1). This is associated with a lack of growth and a loss of vitality. It also describes death and desolation. This does not last long when we are confronted," with smells of steaks in passageways"(2) paints a picture of a polluted and mundane environment. The precise use of descriptive words composes this mood of decline and despair. As seen when you read " ...the burnt-out ends of smoky days"(4).

    • Word count: 554
  8. Are there any similarities or differences in the way which Eliot presents Silas’ gold and his daughter, Eppie?

    The difference is that the gold, was much as loved as Eppie by Silas but was inanimate therefore would never be able to return that same love. When Silas comes to discover that his gold has been stolen he is in much despair. He goes to drastic heights to find out who the thief might be by accusing one totally innocent member of the Raveloe community, Jem Rodney, the local poacher. Without even thinking Silas storms down to the Rainbow Inn where he expects to find Jem and so he does.

    • Word count: 769
  9. How Does George Eliot bring about our sympathy with Silas?

    when they all discuss him in the pub and Dustan Cass (Dunsey) over hears their conversation on his wealth. * Betrayal, when Silas' best friend borrows his knife and it is later used to jam open a lock on a safe containing the church's money and subsequently the villagers decide he must leave by decision of the lots. * Love, Silas is engaged to a young lady named Sarah who doesn't return his love, it was not considered proper to call off a wedding and so it was suggested that the Silas was set up in order to give Sarah the right to leave him.

    • Word count: 575
  10. How are characters and relations made convincing in George Eliot’s ‘Silas Marner’ and Paul Gallico’s ‘ The Snow Goose’?

    and hoards of gold, he only discovers real happiness a little while after his gold is stolen, which is the best thing that ever happened to him, he may not realise this, especially at the time, but we, the readers, do. Eliot portrays Silas's reunion with society as a slow change, but in reality, it was overnight. She deliberately and very cleverly puts lots of symbolism in which carry on as themes throughout the story, the two main themes are light and trust.

    • Word count: 683
  11. Explain how the character of Silas Marner is portrayed at the start of the novel

    This could also indicate that he has not completely cast aside others although he has moved himself apart from society, and hopefully could finally rekindle belief in humanity. Furthermore, his house is described as 'stone' with a sense of dullness, lack of existence, and lack of emotion - which could depict Silas's own condition. This is enhanced by Eliot "his house is close to the edge of a deserted stone pit." The repeat of 'stone' strengthens our sense of Silas as synonymous with the empty, and the adjective 'deserted' continues to add only to our feeling of isolation derived from Silas and perhaps a signal of betrayal.

    • Word count: 537
  12. How well does George Eliot establish the setting in the first chapter? (Silas Marner)

    At the opening of the novel, Eliot tries to make the setting distanced from the readers. The time, physical setting and characters of the fictional village of Raveloe is obviously unfamiliar to the readers. Readers are then introduced to the lifestyles of 19th century workers, peasants and villagers who belong to the Victorian society in England. As the novel continues, Eliot starts unfolding story of a local enigmatic linen-weaver, Silas Marner, who is alienated from the society. The opening line of the story, ?In the days when?? is a vivid description of a past norm with a fairy-tale quality which is possibly interchangeable with ?once upon a time?.

    • Word count: 509

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