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Posted August 14, 2008 at 11:30 AM via web

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In George Eliot's Silas Marner, what three events most affect Silas' character development (growth and change)?

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lit24 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted August 14, 2008 at 1:22 PM (Answer #1)

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In Ch.I George Eliot tells us  that "Silas Marner's inward life, had been a history and a metamorphosis."  The novel traces three important stages in the life of  Silas Marner.

1. "The lot declared that Silas was guilty." ch.1.Based on circumstantial evidence, the church in Lantern Yard mistakenly judges Silas to be guilty of stealing the church money. Silas' fiancee Sarah refuses to marry him and instead marries his friend William. Soon, Silas Marner leaves Lantern Yard permanently.

2. In Ch.5 Silas discovers that the money which he has worked hard and saved has been stolen. On New year's day Silas discovers an infant girl who has crawled unnoticed into his house Ch.12. The baby girl is actually Dunstan and Molly's daughter. Molly is now dead and Dunstan does not reveal that he is the father. In Ch.13 Silas decides to adopt the child:"No,no I can't part with it,I can't let it go" said Silas abruptly,"It's come to me I've a right to keep it." Silas becomes increasingly attached  to the baby girl and names her Eppie after his mother and sister.

3. In Ch.19 Silas Marner recovers his lost gold but instead of feeling happy he feels uneasy and tells Eppie that he has a premonition that he might lose her. Just then Dunstan and Nancy enter his house and request him to allow them to adopt to adopt Eppie. Silas agrees but Eppie firmly refuses:"But I can't leave my father, nor own anybody nearer than him."

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ntha | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 29, 2009 at 3:10 AM (Answer #3)

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first,in Lantern Yard, Silas is cast away by his friends and people by the casting of lots. we notice that this results in among other things Silas' lose of interest in christian matters.

second, Silas' guineas are stolen at his cottage in Ravaloe. His gold had along the years become his companion in life, George noted that Silas would bring forth the gold every night to read and admire it. When he lost the guineas,we understant how shattered his world was.

Last,Silas finds a baby in the snow.He names her Eppie after his mother and greatly dotes on her.His life changes and begins revolving around his new found treasure.

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