Silas Marner Essay | Analysis of George Elliot's 'Silas Marner'

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Analysis of George Elliot's 'Silas Marner'

Summary: George Eliot's "Silas Marner" is about the redemptive power of love and the process of Silas losing his faith in man and God.it is clearly a story about love, happiness and honesty over wealth and comfort.
`Marner was highly thought of in that little hidden world, known to itself as the church assembling in Lantern Yard.'

George Elliot portrays Silas' life in Lantern Yard as pleasant, comfortable and fulfilling. She makes us aware of the things he values such as faith, friendship, trust and also his craft of weaving. His life centres around these and this theme of what is valuable in life is a significant strand of the story which affects many characters and runs right through the book. As we are told about Silas' life, we are introduced to William Dane, his closest friend. George Elliot describes him as,

`...so dazzled by his own light as to hold himself wiser than his teachers.'

She uses words such as `self complacent', `lurked' and `slanting eyes' to convey his deceptive character which is illustrated when he betrays Silas...

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