Comparing The Three Fathers In Silas Marner

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Comparing The Three Fathers In Silas Marner

Silas Marner, is a book of great depth, considering many types of
situations that people still find themselves in today. It gives us an
inner view on how people used cope with their troubles during the
period of the industrial revolution, be they minor or major ones.
George Eliot reveals human nature perceptively, humourously, and
extremely intelligently. She is a brilliant writer, who is able to
capture our hearts throughout the book. She makes us laugh, smile and
even cry, and her ability to do this makes the book a great success.
This book makes us aware that throughout the course of time, people
have not really changed their habits, and today, we see people stuck
in same problems that they were in back then. From what might seem to
some people a boring and pointless book, because of George Eliot's
style of writing, and the use of language, which at the time that the
book was written would have been quite normal. May to others like
myself, be seen as a book with great meaning, perceiving different
things to different people. To me it explores the growth of human
life, through stages of betrayal and loss to pure happiness. George
Eliot, a woman whom herself had a troublesome life, is able to see
difficult issues from many sides, and inevitably raises questions
about fatherhood. This to the readers can be seen as an interesting
topic to look closely at, as the characters that fulfill these roles
in the book are very different from each other, due to the way that
their problems are revealed to us. In fact, George Eliot says, that
the book 'is intended to set in a strong light the remedial influences
of pure, natural, human relations'. 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. Throughout the book, we see this perfect of him
destroyed, and another side to him is revealed to the readers. Godfrey
does not really have the chance to show us how he would care for his
child. Being married to Molly Farren, and being the father of her
child, puts him in an awkward position, as he does not really want the
responsibility of a child, and believed that by handing over a sums of
money to Silas, [the present guardian of his secret daughter Eppie]
every so often, would solve all of his problems. Some would say that
even this small...

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