How the Character of Silas Marner has Changed Throughout George Eliot's Novel
George Eliot, (1819-1880), was the pseudonym of Mary Anne Evans, she
English novelist, whose novels, with their profound feeling and broad
intellectual range, raised her immediately to the first rank of
English writers. She changed her name to George Elliot because women
were not looked upon as writers. When George Eliot wrote her novels
she wrote them with the interest in showing the importance of being in
touch with our emotions and our past lives, and how being part of a
community is a crucial factor in this.
The novel focuses on the development of Silas Marner, a weaver,
through his life, that uses his character to show the importance of
accessing our feelings and being part of a community. Silas is a
member if a religious community. At the beginning of the novel Silas
gives most of his money to charitable causes. At this point of the
novel Silas is shown as a kind man because he agrees to help to look
after a church elder. While he is looking after the Senior Deacon, he
fell in to an epileptic fit, which the community thought happened
because his soul left his body to see God.
While he was in the fit the money that the elder had, was stolen and
while him was in the fit, William Dane, his trusted friend, was
supposed to take his chore over but he did not. When Silas came out of
this trance, he found the Senor Deacon dead and it seemed he was dead
for some time. After this Silas is called to come in front of the
church elders because they had found his knife at the deacons bedside
where the stolen money was.
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." This shows
that Silas feels betrayed by someone that he trusted, and that now he
does not believe that there is a righteous God. It also shows that he
is now in despair and this is because he has just lost his focus in
When Silas left Lantern Yard, he went to a village called Ravelo where
he retreated in to weaving after his traumatic experience. This is
shown at, "He seemed to weave like a spider, form pure impulse with
out reflection." This shows that Silas has know in affect become
non-living and that he only does thing out of impulse or reflex.
In Ravelo, the villagers treat Silas with suspicion and mistrust, this
is because they believe that he has magical powers, "old
demon-worship" this shows that the...