George Eliot's "Silas Marner" Analytical Essay by JPWrite

George Eliot's "Silas Marner"
An analysis of the theme and characters in George Eliot's "Silas Marner".
# 65760 | 1,006 words | 0 sources | 2006 | US
Published on May 17, 2006 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper summarizes George Eliot's work "Silas Marner" explaining that one of its most prominent themes is that wealth corrupts. The paper discusses the characters in the story and shows how Eliot uses their circumstances to convey the message that society has a twisted definition of success and that the elite classes tend to lack a real moral conscience.

From the Paper:

"Silas is depicted as a quiet, ordinary man with a "loving nature" (pg. 61). The similarities between Silas and the characters of Dolly Winthrop and Mr. Macey, are emphasized through the advice and companionship they extend to Silas and Eppie, and to any member of the community which might be in need. Thus Silas' reward for his gentle thoughtfulness is to be surrounded by others of the same exemplary character. At the same time, Godfrey Cass is surrounded by those who are as unscrupulous and emotionally devoid as he is, meaning both characters are essentially getting what they deserve."

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