Presentation Title

Love and Faith in George Eliot's Silas Marner

Faculty Mentor

Constance Fulmer

Start Date

17-11-2018 10:30 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 10:45 AM

Location

C308

Session

Oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

Love and Faith in George Eliot’s Silas Marner

Author: Elizabeth Hsueh, Pepperdine University

Mentor: Dr. Constance Fulmer, Department of English, Pepperdine University

In George Eliot’s 1861 novel Silas Marner, the power of love and its transformative qualities are witnessed firsthand. The novel’s protagonist and namesake, Silas Marner, undergoes a life-altering event when he finds a small child sleeping before his hearth. This child, whom he names Eppie, teaches the miserly Silas the truth of where value lies in life. This essay identifies the different stages of Silas’ emotional and spiritual growth as he begins to open his heart to another human being for the first time in fifteen long years. The purity of the love shared between Silas and Eppie not only acts as a bridge between Silas and the world but also reinstates his faith in the goodness of those who surround him. With her vibrant, insatiable zest for life, Eppie brings the formerly reclusive Silas into communion with his neighbors. Through the gift of love showered upon him by Eppie, Silas’ perspective of the world and the innate goodness of those who live in it is forever changed.

Summary of research results to be presented

In George Eliot's Silas Marner, the value of human relationships is strongly emphasized. Silas Marner, a man betrayed by his best friend, left by his fiancee, and cast out by his community, was completely devoid of love. After locking away his heart and placing it behind fortified walls for fifteen years, a golden haired child found at Silas' hearth restores his faith in humanity. Unconditional love, poured out upon Silas by Eppie, cures his hardened heart. With her entrance into his life as his adopted daughter, Silas begins to see the world afresh through her youthful naivete. He becomes more receptive to the kind actions of others and partakes in communion with his neighbors. Only with Eppie's help does Silas learn the meaning of perfect love. He learns what it means to be a good father and learns to recognize the blessings at his door. Most of all, Silas passes the most important test of fatherhood: developing the willingness to let go the one you love the most in the world.

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Nov 17th, 10:30 AM Nov 17th, 10:45 AM

Love and Faith in George Eliot's Silas Marner

C308

Love and Faith in George Eliot’s Silas Marner

Author: Elizabeth Hsueh, Pepperdine University

Mentor: Dr. Constance Fulmer, Department of English, Pepperdine University

In George Eliot’s 1861 novel Silas Marner, the power of love and its transformative qualities are witnessed firsthand. The novel’s protagonist and namesake, Silas Marner, undergoes a life-altering event when he finds a small child sleeping before his hearth. This child, whom he names Eppie, teaches the miserly Silas the truth of where value lies in life. This essay identifies the different stages of Silas’ emotional and spiritual growth as he begins to open his heart to another human being for the first time in fifteen long years. The purity of the love shared between Silas and Eppie not only acts as a bridge between Silas and the world but also reinstates his faith in the goodness of those who surround him. With her vibrant, insatiable zest for life, Eppie brings the formerly reclusive Silas into communion with his neighbors. Through the gift of love showered upon him by Eppie, Silas’ perspective of the world and the innate goodness of those who live in it is forever changed.