Explain how the character of Silas Marner is portrayed at the start of the novel

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Explain how the character of Silas Marner is portrayed at the start of the novel

At first, Eliot Introduces Silas Marner as an inexplicably isolated and disconnected character to the reader, very early on into the novel. Eliot narrates his home in the first sentence directly making a clear reference to Silas Marner as a "steep cottage that stands amongst the nutty haunts near the village of Raveloe." The adverb 'near' instantly indicates that Silas is not inside the village but on the brink of it, implying that he does not want to socialise with others from the village and in doing so separating himself from all. This could also indicate that he has not completely cast aside others although he has moved himself apart from society, and hopefully could finally rekindle belief in humanity. Furthermore, his house is described as 'stone' with a sense of dullness, lack of existence, and lack of emotion - which could depict Silas's own condition. This is enhanced by Eliot "his house is close to the edge of a deserted stone pit." The repeat of 'stone' strengthens our sense of Silas as synonymous with the empty, and the adjective 'deserted' continues to add only to our feeling of isolation derived from Silas and perhaps a signal of betrayal. The first introduction of Silas at the beginning of the narrative allows him to become a unique character, provoking the reader to be intrigued at the history and the potential destiny of him.

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Eliot depicts the embodiment of loss through Silas Marner and his appearance throughout the beginning of the novel. Eliot manages to do so through Silas cursing that "there is not a God righteously governing the earth but a God of lies who testifies against the innocent." This quote explains four losses Silas has to endure, Silas's lack of faith in God. This leads Lantern Yards community to see this as a loss of mankind and then a loss in the society. Finally, through a lack of touch, belief, and connection with the outside world and its people Silas truly loses ...

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