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Contrast Silas' life in Lantern Yard with that in Raveloe in Silas Marner.

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nhakami | (Level 3) Honors

Posted December 3, 2010 at 8:51 PM via web

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Contrast Silas' life in Lantern Yard with that in Raveloe in Silas Marner.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 3, 2010 at 9:31 PM (Answer #1)

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In Lantern Yard, Silas is outwardly happy, the ony curious thing about him is the long trances he falls into during worship services.  He has a wonderful group of friends, he is preparing to marry a wonderful girl, and his hard-working and courteous nature puts him in good stead.  Once Dane has him tossed out of the village and completely disgraced, he moves to Raveloe.

In Raveloe, he is a cold and bitter man, focused only on saving and hoarding his money.  He does not socialize, he does not seem to enjoy anything about life except counting his money.  This all changes when Eppie enters his life and opens him up again to human relationships.  In some ways he has found redemption from his bitterness as well as a deeper and more powerful happiness.

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