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The Changes Eppie Brings To Silas' Life In George Eliot's Silas Marner

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The Changes Eppie Brings to Silas' Life in George Eliot's Silas Marner

"A Child, More Than All Other

Gifts That Earth Can Offer To Declining Man,

Brings Hope With It, And Forward-looking Thoughts."

What Changes Does Eppie Bring About In

Silas's Life?

The motto chosen by George Eliot for the title page of the novel means
Eppie is worth more than any gift that Silas can buy, because you
can't buy love, and she was given to Silas when he was at his worst,
when he had nothing to live for. Eppie redeems Silas with the love she
showed him. She helped him live again and as she was growing he grew
with her. They were one.

The industrial revolution took place in 1780-1861, when the action of
the book is set, but the book was written in 1861 so the author is
commenting on how England has been changed by the industrial
revolution. George Eliot's view on the Industrial Revolution showed in
her book, she thought the Industrial Revolution was bad because of the
way it kept changing, things never stayed the same, and memories were
lost. The people were strangers to each other and kept themselves to

George Eliot described the city as a dark and grim place where you
feel cramped and imprisoned because of the high walls. The place was
unnatural. The author thinks the countryside is better because of the
spaced settings, historical traditions and culture. Everything is
already established, and nothing hardly every changes. It's calm,
clean, with talkative and friendly neighbors.

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Silas's journey from the town to the countryside was one of a man cast
away because of society, and brought back because of the love of a
child. I think it was a journey George Eliot wanted people to take;
she wanted them to find trust in people and know how to love. Eppie
helps Silas on that journey by loving and trusting him. She taught him
that the world was not all bad.

In Lantern Yard Silas was a well-known member of the church. He was
engaged to a woman named Sarah, and had a best friend named William
Dane. One night when Silas was looking after the deacon who was very
sick (the whole church was taking turns and William was after Silas)
he had one of his 'visitations', it was then that William came and
took the money leaving Silas's knife. When Silas was said to have
stolen the money, William turned against him, at that time he did not
know why. During the trial Silas started remembering things, he
remembered that the knife was not with him on that night, that William
had taken his knife a few days before and had not returned it. Silas
had figured out what was going on, William Dane had tried to set him
up, but he believed God would prove his...

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