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Silas Marner Teaching Unit
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- By the end of this unit, the student will be able to:
- Trace the spiritual life of Silas Marner from his loss of faith in and estrangement from mankind to his eventual return.
- Discuss this critic’s point about George Eliot’s novel and provide examples that might support or refute the following statement by referring to Silas Marner: Having lost her Christian faith, Eliot would replace it with a philosophy that kindness, honesty, and courage were necessary for human survival.
- Point out the paramount role that organized religion plays in this novel’s commentary on the practices of both the sect and, later, the traditional church that Silas attends.
- Discuss the extent to which the picture drawn of country life of the period seems realistic, pointing out examples that support or refute that position.
- Point out how Godfrey Cass’ life depicts the theme of the story: Failure to act in a moral fashion when it is required can later be a cause of great regret.
- Point out and comment on Eliot’s use of insect and fl ower imagery as well as her symbolic use of light and dark.
- Point out how the lines from Wordsworth’s poem on the title page illustrate a major theme in this novel.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.