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  1. Discuss The Importance of Loneliness in the Novel Silas Marner by George Eliot

    Eliot does this to show the contrast between Silas' personality before and after Eppie's introduction in Raveloe. Silas' gold has a significant importance in the novel. By hoarding the gold he gains a sense of belonging and comfort. Most people only like their money as they l**t after the things they can buy with it, but Silas keeps the gold for its mere presence. The gold also represents people to Silas, another reason why he doesn't feel the need to socialise in the village.

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  2. Discuss how Silas Marner changes in the novel Silas Marner by George Eliot.

    The time in history that George Eliot bases her work on is just before the Industrial Revolution. In the late 18th to early 19th century the lives of thousands began to change as factories were being opened in large numbers. The Industrial Revolution was a period of great change. New industries developed rapidly as a result of a number of new inventions and the way in which things were produced, and the way people lived and worked changed rapidly as a result of these developments. As the number of factories grew people from the countryside began to move into the towns looking for better paid work.

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  3. Explore George Eliots interest in human nature as shown by her approach and interests in Silas Marner

    It shows the differences between the rich and the poor. The differences show that although working and not as wealthy as others but they can still have good things happen to them. The wealthy can mostly control what they want but in the end they are not happy. Silas Marner was written in 1861, which was in the middle of the Victorian period, is different in George Eliot's novels. The story of Silas Marner can reflect back to George Eliot's life.

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  4. How is Silas Changed by his Experiences at Raveloe

    The novel is mainly set in the early Nineteenth centaury but briefly goes back in the past to the 1780's to explain the reason as to why Silas has become so detached from society. The main part of the novel is set between 1810 and 1840 when industrialisation had started making in-roads into the English countryside. Raveloe village, however, remains untouched by the revolutionary changes taken place outside of the village. Raveloe is the town that Silas now lives in, yet before he had live in the strict Congregational Sect of Lantern Yard, he had left there fifteen years before coming to Raveloe having been exiled from the churches community.

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  5. George Elliot- How sympathy is created for Silas Marner the eponymous character.

    Causing suspicion and speculation, he doesn't try to mix with the community and they knew no more about him 15 years on than they did the day he arrived, and so treat him like an outcast. This reflects the struggles that Elliot faces during her life after becoming a fallen woman, she also is treated as an outcast and isn't accepted in society, also the small similarities that they both have as they both wear glasses and she knows what it is like to stare at things and how this may seem strange to other people, but is completely normal.

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  6. How Is The Importance Of Doing Your Duty As A Parent Highlighted In The Novel "Silas Marner"?

    The term comes from the word omniscience meaning infinite knowledge, which comes from Medieval Latin, omniscienta, from omni- (all) and -scienta (knowledge), from which we get the word science. Bad parenting was being introduced into society at the time the novel was written due to the Industrial Revolution. Many a family was moving away from their home villages to the cities and both communities and families were breaking up. Eliot's novel comes in response to this and informs the reader that parenting is still an important part of life; she also warns of what happens when parental duties are neglected.

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    The Victorians had many values and George Eliot had included some of them in her novel. Duty was very important to Victorian readers for whom George Eliot wrote. These characters in the book who failed in their duty as parents are punished and those who fulfil their duty as parents are rewarded. In Silas Marner duty is presented through the theme of parenting and community. It is closely connected to a sense of justice and moral awareness. The duty of parents in Silas Marner was to look after their parents. I the parents does the job properly then the will get their children turning out well.

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  8. Discuss How the Two Communities of Lantern Yard and Raveloe Influence the Development of Silas Marner's Character in the Novel

    This also ties in with George Eliot's own life, as she herself was once religious but then later discarded her faith. Eliot had an illegal marriage, in time causing her society, and even her own family, to reject her and classify her as an outcast. This is almost a parallel to Silas Marner's own life in the novel. Silas Marner's journey of development begins in the small community of Lantern Yard where Silas was born and brought up. Lantern Yard is a Methodist community, strictly cohering to the bible and Christian living.

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  9. By Comparing Silas Marner and Godfrey Cass, consider Eliot's presentation of fatherhood in Silas Marner

    George Eliot uses Silas Marner and Godfrey Cass as symbols to air current views at that time. By using Marner and Godfrey Cass she can openly express her views of fatherhood as a reflection of duty, by writing this book it is one of the only ways she can express herself, as she was a women. Being a woman in the late 1800s and early 1900s meant that you were thought of as being lesser and only needed for producing and raising an heir.

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  10. What Part Does Gold Play in the Lives of Godfrey Cass and Silas Marner?

    He lives within a religious sect in a convent called Lantern Yard in a large soon to be industrialised northern town. When his friend of many years at the sect, William Dane, betrays him by falsely accusing him of the theft of gold, Silas is crushed. At the base of Silas's problems throughout the book is gold. He leaves the sect a broken man, a deep distrust of mankind firmly rooted in him. The weaver travels to Raveloe, a village that is almost the exact opposite of his home town, trying to forget his past life but consumed with a lasting bitterness.

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  11. In this essay I aim to discuss the portrayal of Silas Marner in chapters 1, 2 and 14 in the novel.

    One day unfortunately Silas Marner had a seizure. The unfortunate thing was that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Silas Marner had a seizure while there was a crime happening in front of his eyes. The crime was committed and the criminal got away whereas Silas Marner (innocent bystander) was left behind to take the blame. Silas Marner was accused of the crime that he did not commit, but due to the false evidence against him and no defence, Silas Marner was convicted guilty, "The lots declared that Silas Marner was guilty."

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    Sadly Marner looses all his trust in people, he moves into a cottage in the forest, isolating himself from human contact. He works his loom producing linen, when he sells this linen he comes into contact with others, this being the only time. Silas Marner was a skilled handloom linen-weaver, of simple life who had come to live in the village of Raveloe. The sound of his loom was very different from anything the villagers were used to and the village boys would stare in at his window until he chased them away: 'Silas�s Loom, so unlike the natural cheerful

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  13. Which character do you believe has changed the most, in 'Silas Marner', giving reasons why?

    Yet, the only character to experience change radical enough to rival Marner's is Godfrey Cass. However, before I can describe in detail what changes these two characters have experienced we need to know what they were like before any change, at the beginning of the story. Obviously, in order to change, the subject needs to change from something to something else; and to gauge how much change has taken place, there needs to be a comparison between the past and present.

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  14. How does the community of Raveloe respond to Silas at key moments in the novel?

    In effect, money had replaced the friends he once had. It seemed that Silas felt safe with money, but with people he was afraid and vulnerable of them being untrustworthy. Status was seen as important in Raveloe, 'the greatest man in Raveloe was Squire Cass'. He was 'used to the presupposition that his family...were the oldest and the best'. However, as important as the Squire was in Raveloe, he would be nothing in a larger town or city, where there were higher-class people, but in Raveloe, 'his opinion was not disturbed by comparison'.

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  15. 'How does Eliot use imagery to define his own fears of society?'

    Alfred Prufrock', we are first struck with the contradiction in the title; the name J. Alfred Prufrock is both ridiculous and pompous, suggesting someone who is overtly polite and possibly who has trouble expressing his feelings. Coupling this with a 'love song' appears somewhat of a juxtaposition, as we are unable to imagine these two elements together. The poem itself is used to convey how uneasy and inadequate Eliot feels around women (Eliot could possibly be representing himself in this character,) and how he feels he is not accepted by society. He worries what they will think of him, "They will say: 'How his hair is growing thin...But how his arms and legs are thin'".

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  16. What Changes Does Eppie Bring About In Silas's Life?

    The author thinks the countryside is better because of the spaced settings, historical traditions and culture. Everything is already established, and nothing hardly every changes. It's calm, clean, with talkative and friendly neighbors. Silas's journey from the town to the countryside was one of a man cast away because of society, and brought back because of the love of a child. I think it was a journey George Eliot wanted people to take; she wanted them to find trust in people and know how to love. Eppie helps Silas on that journey by loving and trusting him.

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  17. With reference to at least 3 poems in the selection, discuss Eliot's achievement and methods as a dramatic poet.

    The title of the first poem in the Wasteland 'The burial of the dead', which was meant to be named "The Horror the horror" in Eliot's opinion, which comes from Conrad's Heart of Darkness; immediately reflects the image of buried memories, or Christian burial ritual, however it also creates an image of the dead coming to life again as they are used as the main idea for this poem. The poem begins in the present participle yet by the eighth line it suddenly moves from one voice to many already creating an effect of instability in the poem the "dead

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  18. Consider how the character of Silas Marner has changed though out the novel

    Silas said that he was innocent and that God will prove him innocent. When the lots were drawn, they found him guilty so the church threw him out of Lantern yard. When Silas realised that he was framed by William Dane, he felt betrayal, "You stole the money, and you have woven a plot to lay the sin at my door. But you may prosper, for all that: for there is no just God that governs the earth righteously, but a god of lies, that bears witness against the innocent."

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  19. Accepting responsibility for Eppie makes Silas a happier person, whilst Godfrey's rejection of her will only bring him deep regret. Discuss the obvious parallels and differences between Godfrey Cass and Silas Marner.

    . for the little child had come to link him once more with the whole world." These words suggest that Eppie has brought Silas back to life (having lost everything at Lantern Yard, when he was framed for stealing and for a second time when his gold was stolen.) She opens him up and introduces him into the community of Raveloe. Her true father's rejection of her has the opposite effect. He ends up in a childless marriage and only then does he want her back.

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  20. How far would you agree that "Silas Marner" is a simple morality tale? Do you feel that it has a message for a modern audience?

    In this particular novel, Silas Marner is the character that puts across these views on life. After being found guilty of a crime he did not commit, Silas has a "shaken trust in God and man which is little short of madness to a loving nature". Because of this, Marner retracts himself completely from any social gatherings, and in doing so, away from nature. He then becomes unnatural in the way that he becomes obsessed with his gold. "He spread them out in heaps and bathed his hands in them; then he counted them and set them up in regular piles, and felt their rounded outline between his thumb and fingers, and thought fondly of the guineas that were only half-earned by the work in his loom, as if they had been unborn children".

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  21. "The main characters in Silas Marner cannot be fully understood without an awareness of the time and place in which the novel is set." Discuss in relation to the three main characters, Silas Marner, Godfrey Cass and Nancy Lammeter.

    Nevertheless, his loyalty and innocence are questioned when his so called best friend, William Dane (who Silas admired and trusted so much) accuses him of stealing money from the church. This is the first of Silas's afflictions, yet he is not worried by the accusation, as he knows he is not guilty and believes that God will clear him. However, the trusting community believes that rather than examining the evidence, lots should be used to decide Silas's fate, as they believe that God will intervene and influence them.

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  22. Discuss the theme of the Outsider in 'Silas Marner'.

    This detail gives us an insight of what the village, the villagers their culture and atmosphere is like. Raveloe was typical of any village before the industrial revolution. Its class is shown through, the village customs and leisure-'the rainbow', travel-gentry and other people, dress-gentry and others notice how details reveal class 'clothed in silk and thread lace', religion town-chapel and parish Mr Macey. No one moves in or out of Raveloe, people have lived there for years and years and get suspicious (the villagers)

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  23. Silas Marner.

    She brings many themes into the novel such as religion, custom, social change and superstition. The effect of the Napolenic war meant that landowners could earn significant amounts of money from farming, since prices for crops remained high and so it is clear to see why there were none to keen for the war to terminate. Silas Marner is the protagonist of the tale, when ostracised from Lantern Yard and church after being falsely accused of embezzlement. Silas Marner is a fable, a story with a moral message. The novel's major theme of loss and redemption through love is embodied in the experience of its central character, Silas.

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  24. Silas Marner is a novel based on the ups and downs of the main character, Silas and his friends, neighbours and villagers.

    At the beginning of the novel Silas Marner is a quiet lonesome character, he was "condemned, to solitude." Silas is a linen weaver who spends his life within the four walls of his cottage. He has just been exiled from Lantern Yard where he had been wrongly accused and prosecuted. Not only did he lose his reason for living in Lantern Yard he lost his religion, faith, love and best friend. He was found guilty of killing a priest and his fianc� ran off with his best friend, William. This makes Silas hate the world and no longer put his faith or trust in anyone or anything.

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  25. "Discuss some themes and characteristics of T.S.Eliot's work, using 2/3 poems to justify your claims"

    The use of imagery being Eliot's main characteristic to express his inner feeling of society. In Prufrock the "soot" the "urinous" pools as well as the evening fog are all projections of "Prufrock's" desire to escape the world. The imagery of the evening fog that is personified in 'Prufrock' suggests some of the problems facing humans when deciding to act on their thoughts, the fog curls around the house, like a cat, the evening "sleeps so peacefully", "stretched on the floor"-or, like etherised Prufrock,"malingers".

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