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    salis marner essay

    His neighbors regard him with suspicion. Silas has epilepsy and occasionally has epileptic fits. Small villages back in the time when 'Silas Marner' was set did not have that much medical knowledge and treated Silas in a dismissing manner. Silas is one of very few in the town with some sort of knowledge on medicine and health. Silas has a great fascination with medical herbs and knows a great deal about them. Small country communities like in 'Silas Marner' almost always have some supernatural behavior within them, although most of the time it is only rumors.

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  2. SIlas Marner

    However, one of the only times where she is depicted in having the realistic characteristics of loyalty, generosity, and lovingness, are shown in the scene in Chapter 19, where Godfrey, her biological father comes to Silas's house, asking Eppie to come live with him and his wife. Nevertheless, Eppie refuses him and tells him that she will stay with Silas, and not leave his side, for he is the only father figure she has known all her life. As well, a big house and a rich lifestyle does not compel her to change her mind because Sila's home and the lifestyle she lives is what she is use to, and she will also marry a workingman.

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  3. Rip Van Winkle

    The author then introduces the main character Rip Van Winkle, whom he describes as "a simple good-natured man, he was moreover, a kind neighbor, and an obedient hen-pecked husband". Gove 2 Rip is known as a "round" type of character, which means he is mentioned throughout and appears throughout in the whole story. Rip continuously suffers the wrath of his "termagant" wife Dame Van Winkle, who sees Rip as a lazy nobody and blames him for all their misfortunes. Dame Van Winkle is known as a "flat" character, which means she is also mentioned throughout the story, but does not appear in the story as much.

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  4. Silas Marner How does Eliot show how the Characters are feeling in chapter 19?

    Money was taken away from me in time; and you see it been kept - - kept till it was wanted for you." But when Godrey and Nancy turn up his mood changes because Godrey and Nancy try to ruin Silas's and Eppie's relationship. He is Angry & Sad because he thinks that he will lose everything if Eppie goes to live with Godfrey and Nancy. He feels love because he thinks that if Eppie goes to live Godrey and Nancy she will have better education and a good job and money

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  5. At the end of Silas Marner, there is a feeling that justice has been done, that the bad have been punished and the good rewarded

    They are the two sons of the Squire Cass. Of the two sons Godfrey is the more good willed, he tries his best to do his father proud. "a fine open-faced good-natured young man." However the one big mistake of marrying Molly Farren seems to keep on dragging him back. Godfrey has had a little girl with Molly, but because Molly is of a lower class than Godfrey he is ashamed to tell anyone about the marriage, he is so ashamed because in Victorian times class was incredibly important epically when it comes to marriage.

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  6. A Room With A View

    When Lucy finally finds George looking into the view, the reader can see that George has already found his freedom. The immediacy of their first kiss as George, 'stepped quickly forward and kissed her' shows that George, for the first time in his life knows what he wants. The language that Forster uses to describe Lucy as the 'one who had fallen out of heaven' enables the use of imagery to portray Lucy as an angel. Lucy is literally the first women in George's life which portrays the image of Adam and Eve.

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  7. Describe how the character of Silas Marner is presented in the novel and explain how George Eliot's readers would have judged him

    He remembered about some herbs that made his mother better so he gave these to Sally Oakes and her illness disappeared. As soon as Sally Oakes told the rest of the village of how her illness had vanished thanks to Silas Marner they all thought that Silas Marner was some sort of witch or wizard who was put on the earth specially to either help them or make there lives h**l. Silas Marner seems to be mysterious because he never talks to anyone after what happened at Lantern Yard.

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  8. How does the arrival of Eppie make Silas Marner different?

    He then gets accused of stealing whilst he was in one of his trances. This makes him recoil from the community like he had just been stung "I am sore stricken. I can say nothing. God will clear me." This quotation shows that he feels like he is in pain and he is hurting because he has lost his good name in the community. When he is found guilty he is forced to leave Lantern Yard and the woman he loved. He is forced to leave the village and move to another called raveloe.

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  9. Do you believe that Godfrey Cass is too harshly judged by George Eliot; or do you think he deserves the consequences he suffers for the abandonment of his child?

    We will now pay particular interest to Godfrey Cass, a central character. Godfrey is the focal point of the deceit and lies in novel; he hides a secret wife and child from his father and lover (Nancy Lammeter). Dunstan (also known as Dunsey in the novel and Godfrey's younger brother), influenced Godfrey into marrying a drunken barmaid, Molly Farren, after a one night stand, where he got drunk and later found out that he was a father. Spinning a web of lies, Godfrey concealed this secret, bribing Dunsey in the process, and we will decide whether or not he deserves the consequences of the abandonment of his child, a little girl who Godfrey pays no attention to.

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  10. Analyse the representation of multicultural Britain in 'Bend it like Beckham' and East is East

    I'll be looking at some of the characters and scenes and what they might represent. In Bend it like Beckham multicultural Britain is portrayed very efficiently. It shows how young Asians are still expected to be faithful to their Asian roots and to keep the same way of life in a foreign country. Football is used to show how an Asian child can adapt to British culture. Football is also a new interest for British girls as well. It's the story of Jess Bamra, a teenage Asian growing up in Hounslow, West London. She has been brought up with a traditional Sikh background with religious parents who want the best for their daughter.

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  11. Review of Silas Marner

    He then spent fifteen years weaving linen and gathering money in the town of Raveloe in this way and then counting and cherishing his fortune every night until it was stolen by Dunstan (the son of the most important man in the book, Squire Cass) which greatly depressed Silas and made him feel like he had nothing to live for. This sadness in Silas continues until the opium-addicted wife of Godfrey (who is Dunstan's brother) approaches Raveloe in order to make Godfrey actual acknowledge her and their daughter in public but takes an opium overdose on the way and dies

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  12. Carefully examine the way in which the momentous events of New Year's Eve dramatically changed Silas Marner's life

    At first he thinks God will clear him, but this hope turned into misery when his religious community casts him out. His faith in god is completely lost. Sarah breaks up with him and soon marries William Dane. This makes him realise he can not trust man either. This is shown on page 20, ".......Poor Marner went out with that despair in his soul- That shaken trust in God and man, which is a little short of madness to a loving nature."

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  13. Discuss the Importance of the Theme of Duty in George Eliot's novel Silas Marner In the novel Silas Marner it can be seen that duty is a highly relevant and significant theme. The

    Being Silas Marner's highly respectable companion, Silas Marner expected William Dane to be there for him. However, William Dane went against him and didn't serve his duty as a friend. Another character who did not serve his duty is a brother in the Cass family, Dunstan Cass who is an irresponsible character. He blackmails his brother for money, which his brother does not have: 'I tell you I have no money: I can get no money' (Godfrey speaking) 'Borrow of old Kimble' (Dunstan speaking) 'I tell you, he won't lend me any more, and I shan't ask him' (Godfrey speaking)

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  14. Duty In Silas Marner Duty Is Peremptory And Absolute. How Far Would You Say Duty Was Important In George Eliot's 'Silas Marner'

    Godfrey is unable to live up to his duty towards his second wife Nancy. He lies to her about his past for sixteen years. He doesn't tell her about his child (Eppie) nor does he tell her bout his previous marriage. He says, 'When I married you, I hid something from you... Eppie's mother - that wretched woman - was my wife: Eppie is my child.' He also neglects his duty towards Eppie as he doesn't claim her when Molly dies. Old Squire Cass is another character who doesn't live up to his duties.

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  15. St. George was born in around the 3rd century to a Christian

    In 303, Diocletian issued an order authorising the persecution of Christians across the Empire. His caesar, Galerius, was supposedly responsible for this decision and would continue the persecution during his own reign (305-311). I was believed that George was ordered to take part in the persecution but instead he confessed to being a Christian and criticised the imperial decision. Because of this, Diocletian ordered the torture of the traitor and his execution. After various tortures, George was executed by decapitation in front of Nicomedia's defensive wall on April 23, 303. The witness of his suffering convinced Empress Alexandra and Athanasius, a pagan priest, to also become Christians, and so they also joined George in martyrdom as a consequence.

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Consider fatherhood in the novel, with particular reference to Squire Cass, Godfrey and Silas Marner

    Squire Cass lives in the Red house and he is the greatest man in Raveloe also a rich landowner. He spends most of his time at the Rainbow inn, a place were wealthy men come to keep themselves occupied. The Squire is lazy, self-satisfied, and short tempered. Squire Cass made his children work and when their mother died he did not say anything to comfort them, he lacked in maternal influence. The Squire does not seem to care very much for his sons, only for his money. He allows his sons to do pretty much whatever they please, because he does not care what happens to them as long as his tenants are not involved.

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  21. 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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  22. Silas Marner Overview

    By showing us how attached Silas is with his money the readers sympathize with him because it's sad that the only thing he has in his life is an obsession with money. In the next section, Eliot introduces an upper class family called the Cass Family. Because of their wealth they are considered the most important family in the village but their position and wealth has made them unhappy. Eliot shows by this that being rich does not always make you happy.

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  23. DISCUSS THE THEME OF PARENTAL DUTY AS IT IS IN THE CHARACTERS SILAS MARNER AND GODFREY CASS

    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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  24. Bernard Malamud, "A Summer's Reading

    People want respect because they want others to know how good they are. Though everybody wants it, most people often take it for granted. The irony of it all is that people wants it so much that they would do anything just to get it. In the story, the theme Respect is very important for everybody was shown a couple of times. An example of these scenes is when George was contemplating whether or not he should attend the night classes. "He has considered registering in a night high school, only he did not like the idea of teachers always telling him what to do. He felt that they had not respected him."

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