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.

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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.