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Who is round and who is flat in Silas Marner? Ok, so for Silas Marner I have to say...

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truetrudy | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 10, 2013 at 9:03 PM via web

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Who is round and who is flat in Silas Marner?

Ok, so for Silas Marner I have to say static vs dynamic and flat vs round. 
I have most of them, but...
For Godfrey, I think he's static (unsure please confirm or deny), but I have no idea if he's round or flat. 
For Eppie, I think she's also static, but not sure (please confirm/deny), and again have no idea if she's flat vs. round.

Please help thanks.

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writergal06 | Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted October 2, 2013 at 6:46 PM (Answer #1)

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I would agree with you that Godfrey and Eppie are both static characters. While some may argue for Godfrey to be dynamic since he does, in the end, claim Eppie, I feel that that situation is actually further evidence of Godfrey as a static character. Throughout the novel, Godfrey is inconsistent in morals and deeds; he has glimmers of "goodness" but never overcomes the battle. In this way, the inconsistency of good decisions characterize Godfrey throughout the novel, making him static. Eppie is also static. She is good-natured and positive throughout the novel.

I would argue that Godfrey is round, but Eppie is flat. Godfrey does have many dimension to his personality, and we see internal and external development of his character (though he does not change consistently enough to call him dynamic). Eppie's character is only superficially developed. With the exception of choosing between Marner and Godfrey, we see no real conflict within Eppie, and even in this one instance, Eppie acts exactly as we would predict her to. For these reasons, I would label her flat.

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