The novel begins by introducing Silas Marner, the central character,
as a man who is lonely and isolated. George Eliot flashes back fifteen
years ago to show why Silas is upset and we see from this that money
is a corrupting influence. In Lantern Yard, Silas’ former home, we see
that Silas was framed of stealing church money by his best friend
William, and from this we see that William has used the money to
darken Silas’ name and steal his fiancée. After Marner loses his
battle to protest his innocence his status is gone and he has lost
Sarah, his fiancée.
In Silas’ new home in Raveloe we see that he has no friends, refuses
to socialise and is feared and misunderstood because of the way he is
after moving in. We see that working and earning money, although not
spending it, has taken over his life. On page 27 it says “Marner drew
less and less for his own wants, trying to solve the problem of
keeping himself strong enough to work sixteen hours a day on as small
outlay as possible”. Another example of his relationship with money is
on page 27 “And the money not only grew, but just remained with him”.
One more example, also on page 27 “but it was only in the night that
he drew them out to enjoy there companionship.” By showing us how
attached Silas is with his money the readers sympathize with him
because it’s sad that the only thing he has in his life is an
obsession with money.
In the next section, Eliot introduces an upper class family called the
Cass Family. Because of their wealth they are considered the most
important family in the village but their position and wealth has made
them unhappy. Eliot shows by this that being rich does not always make
you happy. Godfrey Cass uses his fa...
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...wealth and an upper class life but on page
206 she says “I should have no delight in life anymore if I was forced
to go away from my father.” She is saying that money cannot replace
the love she feels for Silas. Eliot uses the money image when Godfrey
realises he cannot buy back Eppie when he says on page 209 “There’s
debts we can pay like money debts, by paying extra for the years that
have slipped by. While I’ve been putting off, the trees have been
growing- it’s too late now.” We see that Godfrey has now learned to
take responsibility for his actions.
Eliot structures the whole novel around money and it being a
corrupting influence. She also presents Godfrey, Marner, Eppie and
Dunstan with moral tests which are failed by Dunstan and Godfrey
therefore resulting them in being punished while Marner and Eppie
being rewarded for passing their moral tests.
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