Silas Marner is one of the greatest English Litera

turebooks of all time. Since being first published in 1861 it
has amazed and entertained audiences for years. It is about
a simple weaver tossed into situations that he never
imagined or prepared for, this is his story.

The story starts out with Silas in the town of Lantern
Yard and quickly moves to the part where he was blamed
for robbing a dead pastors body by his best friend William
Dane. William accuses Silas of stealing the money forcing
him to leave. He then travels to the town of Raveloe
where he just starts off weaving and doing a better job
than the people that have done it in the past. He then goes
through many toils and trials that you will learn about as
you/I read on.

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A few of the main characters are Silas Marner,
Mrs. Cass, Squire Cass, Godfrey Cass, Dunstan Cass, Mr.

and Mrs.Osgood, Mr. Macey, Justice Malam, and of
course Ms. Nancy and Ms. Gunns.

I think that Dunstan Cass was the protaganist in this
book, at some parts he was a good guy at others he was a
bad guy. Like when Godfrey owed Silas money and had to
sell his horse, Wildfire, Dunstan said he would do it for
him while Godfrey went to a party. But then Dunstan took
wildfire for a ride, tried to jump a fence with her but she
didnt quite make.( she died) So then Godfrey had nothing
to sell to pay Silas Marner back.

The first main conflict was that Silas Marner was a
well respected man in the town of Lantern Yard, until he
was betrayed by his best friend, William Dane. The story
is that the local pastor was very ill, so Silas and William
took turns watching him. One night Silas went into one of
his spasms and when he woke up the pastor was dead
while his friend should have been there at least two hours
ago. He checked on the pastor and he had been dead for a
while because his body was very rigid, his money bag was
also gone. He went to town the next day and found that
William had told everyone that Silas had stolen the bag of
money and asked him to confess his sins. Eventually
Silas gets fed up and leaves while William ends up with
the woman Silas was engaged to.

The second main theme starts a little later in the book
Anyway Godfrey Casts first wife, whom he has kept
secret from everyone because in those days it was very
hard to get a divorse and the church decided if there
should be one, comes back to find the husband of her
child from the neighboring town.

He married her because he got drunk, met her in a bar,
and decided to get married. So she brings her child to
meet her father the night of the party, but is drunk so she
falls offthe road and dies. Her daughter is found by none
other than Silas Marner. He adopts her, names her Eppie,
the name of his mother, and provides a shelter for her in
his home. Only Silas, Godfrey, and Ms. Nancy( who
Godfrey ends up marrying) know about this.

I think George Elliot has a very unique style and has
written many more wonderful books. I also think this is a
very good book and would reccommend it to anyone that
likes reading the older Literature.

A Literary Review of Silas Marner
By: Larry Bailey
Freshman Honors English
Mrs. Weber


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