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This novel is about a lonely man Silas who was born and grew up in Lantern Yard and
later lived in Raveloe. When at Lantern Yard Silas was a devoted Christian but because
of his cataleptic fits, his friend Abram killed the senior deacon and made it to appear as
if it is Silas Marner who killed the clergyman. That is, George Eliot uses the fits as a
symbol of transformation in that any time Silas Marner encounters the fits, something
significant that changes the plot of the book occurs. After betraying Silas, Abram
influenced the church to find fault with Marner. Abram also married Silas Marner`s
former girl-friend. As a result, Marner lost faith in man and God. He no longer found
value in the church because according to him if the church truly belonged to God, it
could stand with him in the truth he held. He, therefore, found himself unworthy to live at
Lantern Yard. He consequently left for Raveloe.
When in Raveloe, Silas detached himself from the community and preferred to live at a
stone cottage. His work was an endless, tireless paddling of the loom and he found no
substance in life other than the gold he collected from the sales of the weaved
materials. He avoids people because they are dangerous to him. He Ruther shifts his
trust and love to the inanimate gold and cherishes it as the only thing that makes his life
meaningful. It should be noted that, compared to Lantern Yard which is a town, Raveloe
is the rural part of the country where people mostly rely on Agriculture. Silas`s neighbors
include the family of Squire Cass.
Silas happens to have gone out when Squire Cass`s son, Dustan stole his gold. When
Silas discovers this he is nearly destroyed, although this in itself brought about an
element of transformation. The first thing Silas Marner does when he discover that his
gold is gone is to go to people. This time, his help would come from the same people
whom he avoided, whom he feared and could not trust. He now believed that people
could help him. But the element of mistrust is still with him as he shouts Jem Rodney
because he thinks he is the one who stole his money. Later the body of Dustan is
discovered in the nearby dam still holding the bag of gold.
Silas Marner is later redeemed by the baby Eppie, a daughter of Godfrey another son
from the Cass family. Eppie`s mother, Molly Farren is depicted as the most miserable
character in the novel. Her misery is brought about by Godfrey; her husband. Molly is on
her way to hand the child, Eppie, to Godfrey at the New Years party trying to expose
Godfrey in front of the village. She went to take a sip of a black remnant but decided not
to and it was so cold she fell. She died there and when the child Eppie sees light at a
distance crawled toward it. Marner goes outside and hears something crying but doesn’t
think twice about it. He comes in to close the door but his mind goes blank and he is just
only to find that it no longer exist. He thinks it is his gold and it has come back. Silas and Eppie are doing just fine. He will never know what really happened behind the robbery in Lanternyard. Ms. Sixteen years late. When his mind comes back to him he goes to sit down and he spots something golden on the floor. Raveloe was his new Home. His eyesight has gotten so much better with his aging which I usually the other way around. Later on Eppie and Silas go back to Lanternyard. Everything is gone.lost. She brings so much love and joy into Silas’ life. Dolly’s son. But later on he discovers that the cry was from a woman and she had died and this was her baby. Eppie eventually marries Aaron Winthrop. . Silas’s birthplace and hometown. Eppie has grown into a beautiful and remarkable woman. he thought she is his sister who died long ago and that may be she has come back to life. When he realized it was a baby. EVERYTHING.