Silas Marner is one of the 19th century novels written by George Eliot in 1861, it publishes by William Blackwood and Sons. In general, the novel is about a man named Silas Marner. His life changes by a betrayed friend named William Dane who is greed of Silas's position in the church. Therefore, Silas leaves his village and goes to another because of the accusation that causes his dismissed from the church while he is guiltless. Then he works as a weaver and he collects gold through his work. One day a thief who is by a chance a brother of Eppie's father steals Silas's gold. In addition, he avoids building any relationships with the new village people because he cannot trust anybody, until he meets a miracle golden hair girl named Eppie. Silas meets her when her mother died right outside his cottage. Her mother came to search for her husband, but she did not find him. By that time, she died because of the freezing weather and she is carrying her child, which adds fuel to the fire. In another words Eppie is a gift who returns to Silas for his stolen gold. Subsequently, it leads to the change of his life to a better one.
Any golden hair girl could attract any man in anywhere. According to Sherrow(2006), "Throughout most of human history, blonde hair is more attractive and alluring, possibly because this color is associated with gold and light, two things that people consider valuable and desirable" (p.149).
In fact, that is because the color of the girl's hair, it plays an important role in changing others' lives just like Silas. Consequently, what is the meaning of Eppie's, Hephzibah, and how that effects on Silas's life after he becomes a lone, enclosed on himself and unable to build any relationships.
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