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  1. How does Eliot create sympathy for Marner in chapters 1 & 2? Why is this important for the success of the novel?

    Eliot then jumps backwards chronologically to describe Marner's time at Lantern Yard, a strange Religious cult-like sect common at the historical context of the novel; where it is explained to us how he was betrayed so easily by his best friend and all he knew, and how this single act of betrayal left him with nothing. This knowledge into Marner's character helps explain why Silas will be untrusting and a recluse at first entry into Raveloe, but it begs us to ask why he still after 15 years hasn't integrated.

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  2. The representation of ethnic minorities in film: East is East (1999)

    They strive to embrace their Western identities yet, their old-fashioned, traditional father is continually reminding them of their Pakistani Muslim culture and traditions, attempting to keep them well rooted, trying to do what is best. East is East is the hilarious story of what happens when two cultures collide within one family. The characters Coming from a mixed heritage and living in Manchester, the children come across many issues that they have to deal with. As their father tries his best, to do what is right for them and guide them to hold the traditional Muslim values, he faces problems at every hurdle.

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  3. Novelists in the nineteenth century believed not only in entertaining their readers, but also in educating them and shaping their moral judgements. This was George Eliot's aim when she wrote Silas Marner.

    This discovery of love and journey to redemption was the ultimate development and growth within him. A "highly thought of' and credulous man, Silas Marner lived an altruistic life of 'belief and love' in Lantern Yard. Lantern Yard was a tightly knit 'narrow religious sect,' set within sight of the widespread hills. Religion and church was the backbone of their society, and a pious and judgemental view was cast upon those who did not follow the strict Methodist teachings. Within this 'narrow community' Silas Marner was known to be a man of 'exemplary life and ardent faith.'

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  4. "Analyse the representation of Multicultural Britain in the films Bend It Like Beckham and East is East"

    The phrase literally means to have many cultures or ethnic groups within society. Today, people from around the world come to live here in Britain, bringing their traditions and beliefs, new, interesting ways of life and food. A good example of this would be the Indian culture, which has quickly made a big mark upon the public. Indian food is now the favoured takeaway throughout the whole country, ironically beating the so called "British classic" of fish and chips by a large margin.

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  5. Contemporary drama has the potential to educate and entertain an audience. How does the play East is East manage to simultaneously make us laugh when teaching us so much about human life?

    Georges lack of respect to women and in a way it is prejudice because it shows that George sees Ella as someone that should do what she is told because she is his wife and he must know her business but she can not know his. You learn from this quote that George has no respect for women in general. George is a very forceful man as he forces his religion on his children he has his youngest son, Sajit circumcised: "not our religion see" This quote is George telling Sajit that he has to be circumcised because it is against Islamic teaching where really Sajit has not decided that he wanted to belong to the Muslim religion.

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  6. Contrast And Compare The Three Fathers In Silas Marner. What Does This Examination Of Their Roles Reveal To Us About 19th Century, And Has it Any Relevance To Us Today?

    From the book, we see that this is exactly what she does, by exploring the relationships between the characters and their child or children. Throughout the course of the book, we meet three fathers, two of whom are linked in a way that is very important in the point of the story. One of these two fathers is Godfrey Cass, the son of one of the richest men in Raveloe. On the way to take on his father's position, Godfrey was described as 'a fine, open faced, good natured young man'but if he was not careful, was on the way to losing the love of his life and his sanity.

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  7. 'Duty is peremptory and absolute', How far would you say that duty was important in George Eliot's 'Silas Marner'.

    In this novel, Squire Cass is the largest landowner in Raveloe, showing that he is a very rich person. Squire Cass neglected all his duty; to his house and even to his own family and children. He shows no duty towards his house at all in this novel, and he has an appearance of 'habitual neglect'. The Squire, although wealthy, never fulfils any duty towards the house, such as keeping the house clean and tidy. The villagers of Raveloe largely disapproved of Squire Cass' lifestyle and the way he neglected his duty.

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  8. "The great virtue of this novel is the portrayal of the community in Raveloe." Discuss the quotation. How is the social and historical setting of this novel conveyed to the modern audience?

    The village of Raveloe was still a very quaint setting at the start of the book; nobody needed to work to hard to make a comfortable living. But, by the end of the book the effects of the industrialization was starting to show. Silas found himself with little work and the village life that the reader was familiar with was rapidly disappearing. Raveloe is described by Eliot as a village that lies " in the central rich plain that we are pleased to called merry England."

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  9. They do the Poet in Different Voices

    More specifically, for this project, I used three of his most notable poems, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land and The Hollow Men and allowed them to find a common voice - that of the poet. However, there was one aspect that even from the beginning threatened to swamp the project with extraneous work. The religious beliefs that were so crucial to Eliot and take up many pages and books of critical work about the man were something that left me cold.

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  10. Trace the character of Silas Marner throughout the novel and explain the ideas that the writer conveys through him.

    Silas Marner was born and brought up in the large northern industrial town of Lantern Yard. The people living there are strictly religious and hard working. It is community based around a church. Silas Marner was a gentle young man with a pale face and "large brown protuberant eyes" and a "defenceless, deer-like gaze." His appearance makes him seem a very likeable and approachable character; he has "the expression of trusting simplicity". He is a very trusting man and honest man "Silas was both Sane and honest" and extremely hard working but he is also na�ve and vulnerable and his cataleptic fits make him even more vulnerable to criticism and accusations.

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  11. Discuss the themes of outsider in 'Silas Marner' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.

    This was due to the time this novel was set in and the discrimination against the blacks that was part of everyday life in the southern states of America. The narration in the two novels is very different. Eliot uses an omniscient narrator to create a distance from her readers "In the days when the spinning-wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses", immediately distancing us in the opening of the 'Silas Marner'. This enables the anonymous speaker to describe exactly what the characters see, think and feel. In comparison, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is narrated by one of the characters, Scout.

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  12. Designing a Soap.

    Samantha Phillips number 13. 35 years old. The Halls' at number 14. Robert Hall 52 years old. Mary Hall 48 years old. Shane Hill, number 15. 52 years old. Benjamin Donaldson 62 years old. Number 17. Phillip Pontillo number 18. 34 years old. Lavinia Henry 41 years old, number 19. Number 20. Koral Time 18 years old. Leon Deal 20 years old. Graham Walters, number 21. 24 years old. The Jones' at number 22. Maud Jones 85 years old and John Jones 88 years old. Sylvia Plath, number 23. 54 years old.

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  13. Silas Marner consists of Part One and Part Two between which sixteen years have passed.

    His sons, Godfrey and Dunstan, lacked moral principles. Godfrey, the eldest son, was honest but weak-willed and easily led by his brother. Dunstan, "a spiteful, jeering fellow", was selfish, irresponsible and dishonest. By using his brother to his own advantage, Dunstan shows how some members of privileged society are immoral. These two plots meet at the inciting force. Dunstan, desperate for money, happens on to Silas Marner's cottage, where it was rumoured he kept a large sum of gold. By coincidence, Silas was absent and for the first time, had left his door unlocked.

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  14. What do we learn about life in the early 19th century from reading "Silas Marner" by George Eliot?

    to move to a place where they could find work; mainly in factories, it was also important that the town had a church as they were regular church-goers. It was like a group of set villages put together and called a town; each with its own area name. Silas belonged to this sort of community along with its strange religious cult. Silas became friends with a man called William Dane, he was of a high standing in Lantern Yard. Silas had a mild epileptic fit but people thought that he was visited by god; this gave Silas a status that he could only dream of.

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  15. Discuss the theme of an outsider in 'Silas Marner' and 'To kill a mockingbird'.

    This makes Raveloe an outsider town. Silas Marner is a weaver and the fact that the industrial revolution is about to commence is ironic because as soon as the industrial revolution begins to take over he will be out of his job, this adds to the theme of an outsider. A weaver also works from home and does not have many interactions with other people, which makes him more of an outsider. A weaver was also seen to be unusual career for a man at this time, which also makes Silas more of an outsider.

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  16. Examine The Treatment Of Alienation And Prejudice In George Eliot’s ‘Silas Marner’ and Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’?

    These two issues (alienation and prejudice) appear throughout both books to very different people, and is brought upon them in different ways. "Silas Marner" by George Eliot Silas Marner is "The Weaver of Raveloe" as George Eliot first described him. Silas is introduced in the book as a young man, exemplary of ardent faith. He is a simple, trusting, self-doubting ordinary workingman with a fervent belief in God and his fellow man. Due to his immense physical work, as a weaver, he has a crooked structure.

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  17. To what extent do you agree that social and moral analysis is required of the reader of “Middlemarch”? Where does the balance lie?

    She was a very learned woman and one who was the friend of many men even more learned than herself. The quotation below, taken from "The English Novel," by Walter Allen, perhaps links to her previous career in reviewing learned books; "George Eliot lived in a much larger world of ideas, ideas which conditioned her views of fiction, the shape her novels took, and the very imagery of her prose." George Eliot's learning helped shape her ideas about how society should act.

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  18. Silas Marner - Comparing his quality of lifebefore and after the arrival of Eppie.

    George Eliot describes Raveloe as a village where 'Many of the old echoes lingered, undrowned by new voices,' (page 14) and his once 'Filled with movement, mental activity and close fellowship,' (page 14). Everything changed for him, his sense of belonging and feelings of love disappeared, as the tightly-knit community of Raveloe were wary of their new, strange neighbour. He had the knowledge of herbal remedies passed down to him from his mother at Lantern Yard, looked different and was unfamiliar with the villages' traditions so he isolated himself from society.

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  19. How does the character of Silas Marner change and develop throughout the course of the novel?

    The downside however to Silas's good-willed and over-trusting nature was that it allowed him to become susceptible and therefore easily a victim to infidelity. Silas Marners entire outlook on life altered when his best friend William Dane, one of the two most prized people in his life subjected him to become the target of supreme envy and treachery. Silas had an infirmity, he frequently had cataleptic fits during which he would freeze and appear lifeless. Even though people at Lantern Yard assumed that such a devoted person must have been having visitations from God, this was "discouraged by the absence on his part of any spiritual vision".

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  20. Silas Marner (Silas Marner) and Jolil (Salt On a Snake’S Tail In Come To Mecca) Could Both Be Described As “Outsiders” In Society. Explore the ways in which they and their respective societies are presented and how, if they are, they are in

    It wasn't planned, but it was necessary. If they walked home together, they could pass the gangs of older white boys who gathered outside the school gates without fear. They'd take the short route home, and if they passed the cluster of hostile faces outside the white estate at the end of their street, they could quicken their steps and feel the safe warmth of being part of a crowd." Jolil was not the only one who hated having to watch your back all the time, feeling under threat.

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  21. The Gift of Children in "Silas Marner". What does the novel have to say about the relationship between parents and their children?

    The clever use of language devices include omniscient third person narration, in which it gives an overview of both plots with Eliot?s opinions planted in the text. This use of narration reveals Silas as a solitary outsider, who worked at his trade in the backward looking village of Raveloe ?quite an hour?s journey on horseback from any turnpike.? However, after his betrayal in Lantern Yard, his self alienation from the villagers of Raveloe and the death of his humanity after the theft of his gold hoard, Silas is resurrected by Eppie, the child that enters his cottage whilst he is in a fit.

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