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  1. Silas Marner - George Eliot. Eliot's presentation of the divide between rich and poor, and to what extent this is an influential factor in the novel.

    The only other family that rivals this kind of standing within the community are the Lammeters. They too are descendants of wealthy landowners and are equal to the Cass' in status. Below the Cass family are the middle classes such as the doctors and magistrates of the village. The Kimble's social credibility made them "suitable" friends for the Cass family. The third tiers in this structure were the peasants and workers; the labourers of the village. They had skilled jobs and worked hard to live in any comfort. They respected and looked up to those with money and status and in return they were looked down on.

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  2. Silas Marner.

    They filled her with peace in some way making her reflect and think more. She looked down on Aaron Winthrop; the man she loved, her husband who was sleeping on the large double sized bed. He had gorgeous wide eyes, black hair, full lips and a cheeky smile that he had on even as he slept. He had a gentle face and a straight nose. He was beautiful even in the dim light and Eppie thought so too. Aaron had worked very hard today in the nuclear plant and just then she thought how lucky she was to be in this position today.

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  3. George Eliot prefaced 'Silas Marner' with an extract from 'Michael' by William Wordsworth. How far does the novel echo the traditions of the Romantic Movement as shown in Wordsworth's poem?

    In the book Silas Marner, written by George Eliot, he use a quotation from 'Michael' to his preface: A child, more than all other gifts That earth can offer to declining man, Brings hope with it, and forward-looking thoughts There are many features of Romantic writing seen in Michael and are reflected in Silas Marner. Firstly the main characters of Romantic Movement are simple, lonely, often solitary individuals and sometimes alienated. In Michael, we can see that Michael is separate with the rest of world although he has a wife, Isabel and a son, Luke.

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  4. Discuss the instances of injustice and justice in

    Most people in Maycomb are r****t except for the more middle class people such as Atticus and Miss Maudie. People like Miss Stephanie Crawford are prejudiced against people who are different such as Boo Radley. Raveloe is also a prejudiced town. Silas Marner is not sociable and because people do not know his background as well, they treat him differently. Throughout the novel fear prejudice and injustice are dominant themes related directly to history, superstition and religion. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Africans were imported into Southern States to work as slaves on plantations growing cotton. Slaves could be bought and sold like goods and owned by their masters.

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  5. George Eliot is credited for a style of writing that brings characters and settings vibrantly to life. Explain how she does this in 'Silas Marner', focussing on the story of Silas himself.

    It was in fact William Dane, Silas's best friend who stole the gold but he had framed Silas. It is in this chapter where we find out that Silas Marner was a religious man. "Silas knelt with his brethren, relying on his own innocence being certified by divine interference..." This means that Silas knew he was an innocent man and he was relying on God to believe and help him. In Lantern Yard, Silas was known for his devotion to his chapel and religion. His beloved church, his friend William Dane, and his fianc´┐Że Sarah all considered Silas to be guilty.

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  6. Silas Marner - By George Elliot - Goodnight Mr. Tom - By Michelle Magorian - How is the child's relationship with his or her carer presented by each of these writers? How are we made interested in these relationships?

    Similarly in Silas Marner, his betrayal by his friend makes him feel lonely and isolated also. Silas must have felt very betrayed, both by his friend, and by God, who failed to clear him of the charges wrongly brought against him. His betrayal by these figures, results in a total loss of faith in both people and God, leaving Silas to think that "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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  7. Silas Marner - Eppie is significant to the novel. Discuss her Character and her importance in the novel.

    Silas brings the child with him to Squire Cass's house to fetch the doctor. Godfrey recognises the child in Silas's arms as his own. He fears that Molly is alive, but when he and the doctor rush to Silas's cottage and finds Molly's body, he sees that the woman Silas had found is indeed his wife, and that she is dead. The villagers are surprised by Silas's statement that he wants to keep the child, but they feel warmer toward him.

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  8. Discuss how the Communities of Lantern Yard and Raveloe influence the Development of Silas Marner's Character.

    We also see early on in the novel that Silas had a clear ability to love. A religious man, he found enjoyment in the debate of religious matters and he fell in love with a woman named Sarah. He was, however, betrayed by his best friend William Dane (Waif) and brought to a type of trial by the community elders. He placed his trust in God to save him but was found guilty when the readers are aware of his innocence: "God will clear me....The lots declare Silas Marner is guilty." This falsehood causes Silas to lose his faith and he cries out against God, for where he had been suffering, knowing of his innocence, he is left desperate and embittered that his fate was decided so callously: "You stole the money (William)

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  9. Compare 'Silas Marner' and 'Of Mice and Men' and discuss the theme of Outsiders

    George Eliot wrote with sympathy, wisdom and realism about English country people in small towns. She wrote seriously about moral and social problems, but her characters are living portraits. John Steinbeck was an American author. Steinbeck's best fiction sympathetically explores the struggles of poor people. He set much of his fiction in and around his birthplace of Salinas, Calif. 'Of Mice and Men' is taken from a poem by Robert Burns about a field mouse whose home is destroyed by ploughing. The language in 'Silas Marner' belongs to the middle 19th Century. It is formal and quite artificial and very different from modern day speech.

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  10. Compare the style and sentiment expressed in Cider with Rosie and Silas Marner. What are their distinguishing features?

    Therefore it was necessary for George Eliot to have set this book at an earlier date than it was written. Cider with Rosie is an autobiography and is therefore written in the first person about something that really happened, although 'some facts maybe distorted by time'. His life is told in a fragmentary way. For example, there is a chapter purely about his mother, and then one on what he remembers about winter and summer. After that, he recalls an incident when he was taken ill and writes a chapter called 'Sick Boy'.

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  11. How does George Eliot portray the changes of the character Silas Marner?

    He looses Religion and trust, which makes him very isolated. She makes him seem like a very dark strange character by using phrases such as 'The little light that he possessed spread its beams so narrowly, that frustrated belief was a curtain broad enough to create for him the blackness of night'. In other words its made out that Marner has nothing to look forward to because of his loss of faith. His loneliness in emphasised when he seems to find company in his money. George Eliot describes them as his 'seeds of desire', this makes you think that money is the most important thing in Marner's life.

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  12. 'Silas Marner' by George Eliot Aim: To examine the place of superstition and religious belief in the novel

    The book was a success and George Eliot soon published more novels all of which involved key events that mirrored Mary-Anne's own life, in Silas Marner for example, Silas is seen as an outsider in Raveloe and soon becomes the subject of village conversation - this was a situation that Mary-Anne was forced to face as due to her various lovers she too became a subject of gossip and she, like Silas, turned to isolation for comfort. Silas Marner, George Eliot's fourth masterpiece is an enchanting tale that follows Silas Marner losing faith in God due to his unjust conviction,

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  13. How is Silas Marner changed by his experiences in Raveloe?

    The word "lurked" is quite sinister. The innocence and as well as the physical description of Silas Marner is expressed by the words such as "trusting" and "defenceless", and hints that he wasn't at all suspecting what would happen to him. (Similar to the modern phrase "Like a deer in the lights of a speeding car.") The way the descriptions of the outsides of people are similar to their insides is almost fairytale-like. This event left him helplessly alone with no purpose in life and drove him to moving far away, hoping to leave his troubles behind.

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  14. Forgive But Never Forget

    It use to scare drivers half to death. It would be the second Christmas without him now. She found tears rolling down her cheeks. They were cold and she wiped them away in disgust. She had not cried for him since the funeral. She had cried on the inside though, cried a million times a night. She cried on the inside till she could cry no more and she ached from it all. That's why she had decided to go away to college.

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  15. George Eliot is credited for a style of writing that brings characters and settings vibrantly to life. Explain how she does this in ‘Silas Marner’, focussing on the story of Silas himself.

    In Lantern Yard, the scene that gives a clear and distinct portrait of the betrayal is when the other residents of the village confronted Silas. He was taken to the vestry, where he knelt to pray. He was relying on his own innocence to set him free along with the help of God. By this time the reader can clearly see that the congregation had already made up their mind about Silas. They believed him to be guilty: "...feeling that there was sorrow and mourning behind for him..."

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  16. The changing role of money in Silas Marner’s life

    Silas was astonished but unafraid, "God will clear me," and invited the church to search his home. His friend William Dane found the empty moneybag in Silas's room but still he trusted in God "God will clear me." Silas suddenly realises that William Dane has betrayed him but he still puts his trust in god, Silas said for the third time, "God will clear me". God, however, didn't clear him. Lots are drawn and Silas is found guilty. Silas was "bruised" by William's deceit and began to lose his faith in God. He says, "There is no just God that governs the earth righteously, but a God of lies."

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  17. A Study of the Character of Lydgate in George Eliot's Middlemarch

    In addition, it is followed by the following sentence: "He cared not only for "cases," but for John and Elizabeth, especially Elizabeth." The irony rings loud here, and the reader may even laugh aloud when reading this, but when looking at the character of Lydgate, this shows one of his "spots of commonness", as the texts calls them. Although he may be a man of great learning, he cannot understand a simple aspect of life - money. And this spot, I believe, is that which blocks Lydgate from seeing himself, much to the same degree as it blocks him from seeing truths about the world.

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  18. Explore the reasons why Eppie has such a profound effect on Marner.

    It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the locals did not associate themselves with Marner, and feared him for the aforementioned reasons. Marner, being educated, was able to cure many diseases. However because of the villagers' old-fashioned, superstitious beliefs, they avoided him: In this way it came to pass that those scattered linen weavers... were to the last regarded as aliens by their rustic neighbours... Marner, being an educated man, had the knowledge to cure many diseases. However because of the villagers' old-fashioned, superstitious beliefs, they avoided him.

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  19. The Bad are Punished, The Good are Rewarded,Is ‘Silas Marner’ a Moral Tale?

    And you get the feeling that the residents of Lantern Yard are almost primitive, in the sense that they don't even understand the simple craft of weaving. The name, Lantern Yard, also has a meaning. The yard in Lantern Yard, gives you the sense that the village is enclosed and lantern being warm and homely. Silas Marner is first introduced in the book as a mysterious weaver living in a stone cottage by a stone pit in Raveloe. But the description of the noise from the loom, "so unlike the natural cheerful trotting of the winnowing-machine or the simpler rhythm of the flail", gives the feeling that he was perceived as unknown to Raveloe.

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  20. Explore One theme from George Eliot’s novel “Silas Marner”

    As a means of escape, he takes up weaving, as a reprieve from his inner pain and suffering. The second chapter finds Silas fleeing to Lantern Yard, escaping from the misfortunes experienced. Eliot follows this up when writing "In the early ages of the world, we know, it was believed that each territory was inhabited and ruled by its own divinities, so that man could cross the bordering heights and be out of the reach of his native Gods..." In other words, the trust Silas previously had in faith and in the church had turned to bitterness.

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  21. ‘Eliot ensures that in ‘Silas Marner’ all the characters get exactly what they Deserve’. Do you agree with this statement?

    He loses all trust in man and becomes only involved in material things like his pot which 'had been his companion for twelve years'. When the 'earthenware pot' breaks Silas reaction shows that 'the sap of affection was not all gone'. Silas's heart at this stage is not completely devoid of human feeling. He becomes however, increasingly dependant on his gold and each night 'he closed his shutters, and made fast his doors, and drew forth his gold.' As Silas grows older with just inanimate companions his heart grows harder.

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