In this essay I aim to discuss the portrayal of Silas Marner in
chapters 1, 2 and 14 in the novel.
The story of Silas Marner is about how things can change in time. It
also supplies a certain message. George Elliot wrote the story in
1860. George Elliot was a female and her real name was Marian Evans.
She changed her name because it was difficult for a woman’s book to be
published. Her story deals with themes of greed, jealousy and envy.
There are many morals to this story and we can learn a lot about life.
In chapter 1 and 2 in a town called Lantern Yard, North ‘ard lives a
man called Silas Marner. He is a simple man there is nothing out of
the ordinary about him. He is very religious and spends most of his
time at God’s house, “The church in lantern yard.” He also gives a
share of his earnings to the church. Silas Marner’s job is as a linen
weaver. He is very special and respected because he is a linen weaver;
he is experienced and there were not many good and experienced linen
weavers around, “Scattered linen weavers.” Silas Marner has a very
serious medical condition, which gives him seizures (fits). He is
epileptic which basically means that he freezes, roughly for about 10
seconds and he cannot remember anything that happened in those 10
seconds, “A fit was stroke.” One day unfortunately Silas Marner had a
seizure. The unfortunate thing was that he was at the wrong place at
the wrong time. Silas Marner had a seizure while there was a crime
happening in front of his eyes. The crime was committed and the
criminal got away whereas Silas Marner (innocent bystander) was left
behind to take the blame. Silas Marner was accused of the crime that
he did not commit, but due to the false evidence against him and no
defence, Silas Marner was convicted guilty, “The lots declared that
Silas Marner was guilty.” Through this false conviction Silas Marner’s
life shattered into small pieces. Silas Marner was very depressed
because firstly he had lost his fiancé to his best friend who had
betrayed him because he did not help Silas Marner's defence when his
help was most needed, “symbols have all vanished.” From this I
understood that George Elliot is trying to say, the symbols are
metaphors for relationships and that the relationships that Silas
Marner had are all fading away. Who he believed to be his friends,
abandoned him in his time of need. Their presence was only a mirage.
Silas Marner then became very lonely, “Loneliness, Deserted,” because
as well as losing his fiancé and his best friend he had also lost his
faith in God. As he was convicted guilty, further punishment was that
he was not allowed to be part of the church. He became very lonely,
“His soul, long stupefied in a cold narrow prism,” and because of this
he decided to leave from Lantern Yard, North ‘ard and migrate to a
small village far away called Raveloe. In Raveloe Silas Marner opted
for a different life from which he before he was found...