What is the primary message or lesson Silas Marner conveys about life or human nature?

The primary message Silas Marner conveys about life and human nature is that human love and community are gifts far more valuable than money.

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Silas Marner conveys the message that human love and community are far more valuable than money. Silas mourns and withdraws from life when he is falsely accused of theft. He begins to value the gold he earns far more than human companionship or human love. He loves the glint of the gold and the feel of holding his gold coins in his fingers. After his gold is stolen, he perceives its loss as a tragedy. In fact, its theft is a great blessing to him.

Little Eppie replaces his money to become the true gold in Silas's life. When she wanders into his cottage on New Year's Eve, she symbolically looks like his lost gold to him when her golden hair shines in the firelight. But she gives him far more than money ever could.

By taking her in, giving her a home, loving her, and receiving her love, Silas receives a gift more satisfying than money. Not only does he receive love from her, Eppie helps weave Silas back into the web of community. This reintegration had begun when Silas reached out to others after his money was stolen. His admission of the need of community help was that start of his healing. The "sap" of life began to flow in him again.

However, his reentry into community comes to fruition when Silas raises Eppie. The community respects him for this act, and he receives its support. He learns that the love, the companionship of a human being, and the support of a community are far more satisfying than any amount of money.

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