Presentation Title

A Comparison of Two Households in George Eliot’s Silas Marner

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 260

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Abstract

Despite her renowned career and several profound novels, George Eliot’s Silas Marner is often regarded as a novel with lesser significance or literary prowess due to its brevity in length and more simplistic plot line. However, throughout the novel, Eliot portrays some of her most insightful ideas and beliefs. Eliot focuses on two households in the novel: the cottage of Silas and Eppie and the Red House estate that was taken over by the son of Squire Cass, Godfrey Cass, and his wife, Nancy Lammeter. Through the examination of these two households, Eliot presents her readers with numerous truths regarding parenthood, androgyny, adoption, love, acceptance and morality, among others. By expressing ideas that were quite unorthodox for her time, Eliot is able to convey the necessity of creating balance, honesty and love in one’s own life, as well as in the life of others.

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A Comparison of Two Households in George Eliot’s Silas Marner

HUB 260

Despite her renowned career and several profound novels, George Eliot’s Silas Marner is often regarded as a novel with lesser significance or literary prowess due to its brevity in length and more simplistic plot line. However, throughout the novel, Eliot portrays some of her most insightful ideas and beliefs. Eliot focuses on two households in the novel: the cottage of Silas and Eppie and the Red House estate that was taken over by the son of Squire Cass, Godfrey Cass, and his wife, Nancy Lammeter. Through the examination of these two households, Eliot presents her readers with numerous truths regarding parenthood, androgyny, adoption, love, acceptance and morality, among others. By expressing ideas that were quite unorthodox for her time, Eliot is able to convey the necessity of creating balance, honesty and love in one’s own life, as well as in the life of others.