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GCSE: George Eliot

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  1. WeLearn A Lot About Values In

    He regularly takes his collection of gold coins out and has an obsession with feeling them, counting them, stacking them but doesn't like silver coins. "He spread them out in heaps and bathed his hands in them." It is the only thing he has and accordingly he loves the gold coins almost as if they were part of his family. Dustan Cass, most of the time referred to as Dunsey, is a spendthrift, perhaps because he is the son of the Squire.

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  2. 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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  3. What does the novel Silas Marner have to say about the relationship between parents and their children?

    Dunstan Cass knows of Godfrey's secret wife and child, and is blackmailing him. Godfrey has been secretly married to Molly Farran, who has had his child but has gone downhill as she becomes increasingly addicted to opium. Molly decides to take the child to Godfrey and demand shelter and money but dies on the way to let the tiny child wander into the warmth of Silas Marner's cottage. Silas takes the child and looks after it, nursing it and returning to his old self, before he was banned from Lantern Yard.

    • Word count: 1936
  4. How does Molly's death bring happiness to Silas, Godfrey and Nancy?

    As he regains consciousness he realises the new arrival and thinks it is his gold as this was of the same colour as her hair. Silas decides to go into Squire's house to report the death of Molly and the discovery of the new joy in his life. When Silas invites himself in the back door of the party, Godfrey is one of the first people to see him. When Silas begins to speak about the dead woman in the snow, Godfrey immediately realizes that she's his wife.

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  5. "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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  6. English Literature - T.S. Eliot - Long Essay

    There are some core things that alter the voice that Eliot's poetry projects: the nationality of the reader and whether or not they are familiar with the society Eliot is writing about, what religion, if any, they belong to, and how well read a reader is (Eliot makes many allusions in his poetry) will effect the voice that they hear from Eliot's work. From studying Eliot's poetry, however, the voice Eliot intended to project can be determined. All of these three elements (Eliot, the poem, and the reader)

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  7. Explain the significance of chapter 12, with reference to Silas Marner and Godfrey Cass.

    He wants his marriage and the fact he has a child to be kept secret at the moment. Silas wants to adopt the child as his own because he feels that the child has come to him for a reason. Marner fills the hole in his heart with the child where as before it was filled with money. The child has switched places with his money and therefore develops his personality to a kinder more caring and compassionate man than before. This is shown when Silas gives the child some sugar, which he wouldn't eat for himself, "he had refrained from using it for himself: as he put the spoon into her mouth".

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  8. 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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  9. What changes does Eppie make to Silas' life?

    Silas goes home and sits in self-pity too sad to weep and trying to decide whether or not to go and persuade Sarah that he was innocent. Marner then goes back to weaving but does not leave his room, the minister and the deacon brought him a message from Sarah renouncing their engagement. Silas never saw any one but did come to hear that his Sarah was getting married to William. Marner left immediately, his life in tatters and forever stained with this misfortune.

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  10. On page 42 we are given a rare glimpse of George's personality "You see puther…….nobody different". Explain how this contrast with the way the writer presents his character earlier in the play.

    "Pakistani way to live is good way, parent look after children, children look after parent. English people not like this". This quote tells us how much he hate English people and their culture and want his family to live their life in Pakistani way. George is a strong character and thinks himself a proud Pakistani as he got a chips and fish shop. In this play he mostly causes violence. His opening sentence in this play is "come here you dirty little baster......."

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  11. 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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  12. How does Ayub Khan-Din portray the conflict in the play " East is East ".

    George always wants to discover the latest news in Pakistan; he always wants to watch the news. The Khan's have an Islamic belief; George believes that all the boys should have an arranged marriage. He has a very strong belief in his religion, the rest of the family want to be British and don't believe in arranged marriage. The Enoch Powell speech has a strong impact on the play, it was read out in Birmingham and was called the "Rivers of Blood".

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. "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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  16. The History and Literary Context of Silas Marner.

    She still was not writing novels until she met George Lewes. Lewes was married and with children, but he and Eliot grew gradually closer until they finally decided to elope. As Lewes was already married, he and Eliot could not be officially joined in matrimony, but they lived together like man and wife, and Eliot even went under the name Lewes. Their relationship was censured by many, and Eliot hardly left the house, becoming more and more depressed. However, Lewes convinced Eliot to start writing her own novels and in 1858 she published her first book, Scenes of Clerical Life, under her pen name.

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  17. How does George Eliot present the role of fatherhood in Silas Marner, and who do you think makes the best father in the novel?

    In the novel itself, there are many fathers, some of which we do not see much of. The main fathers happen to be Squire Cass, his son Godfrey, Ben Winthrop, Mr Lammeter and later on, Silas Marner. There is much distinction between these characters and the one that sticks out the most is perhaps Godfrey Cass. Godfrey is a young man who was seemingly forced to marrying some drug taking vagrant after making her pregnant, this fact is of course his secret which he has told no-one about. His child is Eppie, the little girl that Silas Marner comes to love as his own.

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  18. Molly Moons Incredible Book of Hypnotism - summary.

    The unfortunate librarian had no idea where it was. When the man left and Molly was again in the quiet she begins looking at the books around her all of them about yaks, yachting and ypnotism. After realizing that there is no such thing as ypnotism, Molly pulled the book off the shelf and realizes that it was the lost book that had been misshelved because the first letter had been ripped of the title. The real title was; "Hypnotism An Ancient Art Explained by Doctor H. Logan" Molly steals the book and this is the point where her life turns around.

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

    The Upper class felt superior because they did not work with their hands. Silas decided that God could not exist, and, after his move to Raveloe, he lives only for his work and the money it brings. His earlier trusting and generous personality is contrasted with his present character. Silas's continued his unfriendliness and his refusal to help others with herbal cures, apart from Sally Oates, combine to keep the superstitious villagers continually distant and afraid, despite Silas's growing wealth.

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

    When someone is cut off from all the other villagers they were lonely and had to become independent. The Squire is portrayed as a greedy and idle character. He is idle; as he is "always the latest" at getting up to have breakfast. He is shown as lazy because his dress is "slovenly" and he showed marks of "habitual neglect". The Squire is also portrayed as idle when he says to his son, "ring the bell for my ale" which suggests he is too lazy to fetch the ale himself or even to ring a bell. The author describes the Squire's life as "idle as his sons'," The Squire thinks of himself as "the best" and never associates with gentry higher than himself, and so his opinion has remained undisturbed from when he was a young a boy.

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  21. In 'Silas Marner' good triumphs over evil and leaves each character as he or she deserves. Do you agree?

    He felt as if the guineas would not let him down unlike other people had done in the past. The guineas were like 'unborn children'. Day after day he would just 'weave away'. His life had become 'monotonous'. He was just slowly dying, but the thought that kept him lively and 'excited' was the thought of his 'treasured' guineas. However, Silas' 'monotonous' life was suddenly shattered into pieces. Dunstan stole the money that he had started to love. When he realised that his 'precious' money had gone he 'trembled'. He did not know what to do. The villagers had sympathy for him.

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  22. Silas Marner.

    He is then revived and redeemed when he finds Eppie in his house. Almost immediately after he finds Eppie he is forced to talk and socialise with other people, to buy cloths for her, to find out how to discipline her and to baptise her. Silas soon starts to weave less and look after Eppie, and Godfrey proposes to Nancy Lammeter at the Christmas party. The relevant passages in chapter 12 (134 & 135) are extremely symbolic. "He had contracted the habit of opening his door and looking out from time to time, as if he thought that money might

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  23. 'Many of the characters in Minimum of two find it difficult to let go of the past and get on with their lives.' Discuss with reference to two characters.

    They do not want to accept changes. Jerra is a strong man and fulfills his roll as a son, husband and a father. Sometimes he thinks about what is missing in his life. Throughout the novel he struggles with the difficulties with his wife and his son, "Everything was changed, how long had it been since they were happy", 'Forest Winter'. The death of his father was an impact to him, but he learned from the event. Before his father died, they talked, and his father encouraged him by saying he has done well.

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  24. How does Silas Marner change and develop during the course of the novel.

    He left believing 'there is no god that governs the earth righteously'. He continued to work as a weaver but found he had no reason to give his money away to good causes. Now he could keep it for himself. He became very greedy and began to save the money. Silas didn't need friends if he had money 'that was deep enough for the seed of desire'. In those long nights Silas would sit and count his money and bathe his hands in it and sometimes stare at the money as if he were in a trance. This became a ritual for Silas. His obsession grew as more money was rolling in.

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  25. How is The Theme of Conflict Dramatised in Act Two Scene 2 of 'East is East' by Ayub Khan Din?

    The children are too westernised, in the sense that they know nothing about their culture, except Maneer. The whole play is about the children namely Tariq trying to hide who he is, and hates his dad too much to even bother to give the Muslim culture a go. When their dad introduces the idea of the two oldest sons getting married, all the problems and tension start building up. They build up to a certain point where they all come out and the family have one big fight, everyone against George. Which leaves the children more confused then when they started and the family feeling closer than before.

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