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Comparing The Three Fathers In Silas Marner

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Comparing The Three Fathers In Silas Marner

Silas Marner, is a book of great depth, considering many types of

situations that people still find themselves in today. It gives us an

inner view on how people used cope with their troubles during the

period of the industrial revolution, be they minor or major ones.

George Eliot reveals human nature perceptively, humourously, and

extremely intelligently. She is a brilliant writer, who is able to

capture our hearts throughout the book. She makes us laugh, smile and

even cry, and her ability to do this makes the book a great success.

This book makes us aware that throughout the course of time, people

have not really changed their habits, and today, we see people stuck

in same problems that they were in back then. From what might seem to

some people a boring and pointless book, because of George Eliot's

style of writing, and the use of language, which at the time that the

book was written would have been quite normal. May to others like

myself, be seen as a book with great meaning, perceiving different

things to different people. To me it explores the growth of human

life, through stages of betrayal and loss to pure happiness. George

Eliot, a woman whom herself had a troublesome life, is able to see

difficult issues from many sides, and inevitably raises questions

about fatherhood. This to the readers can be seen as an interesting

topic to look closely at, as the characters that fulfill these roles

in the book are very different from each other, due to the way that

their problems are revealed to us. In fact, George Eliot says, that

the book 'is intended to set in a strong light the remedial in...

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...ngels now. But yet men are led away from threatening

destructions; a hand is put into theirs, which leads them forth gently

towards a calm and bright land, so that they look no more backward;

and the hand may be a little child's."

One of the main points that I think comes out of this book, is one

person's ability to change another person's life. This is a fantastic

thing to achieve and the way in which a small child like Eppie manages

to make such a big difference to Silas is great. The story's end

presents us with a moralistic conclusion. The bad die unhappily, and

the good live happily. This relates very much to a "Fairy Tale" ending

where everyone lives happily ever after, this is something that I

never would have expected from this book, but it goes to show that"Fairy

Tales" don't just happen in children's books!