Presentation Title

Godfrey Cass’ Long Journey to Closure in George Eliot’s Silas Marner

Faculty Mentor

Constance Fulmer

Start Date

18-11-2017 1:45 PM

End Date

18-11-2017 2:00 PM

Location

15-1823

Session

Humanities 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

My study takes into account fourteen critical articles and scholarly studies of George Eliot’s Silas Marner. After studying and reflecting on what has previously been written about the novel as well as consulting with my professor who is a George Eliot scholar, I arrived at an original thesis regarding the novel. In my paper, I share my own interpretation of the novel into which I have incorporated what I learned from my extensive research and close reading of the text. I focus on the portion of Silas Marner that is dedicated to telling the story of Geoffrey Cass’ moral development. The novel depicts the process of Godfrey slowly coming to terms with his past transgressions, namely secretly marrying an opium addict and abandoning his child once his first wife dies. As Godfrey avoids owning up to his actions for sixteen years, guilt and shame control his life. By looking at where this guilt and shame come from, how these emotions give birth to other negative emotions in his life, how he uses coping mechanisms to deal with them, and how he eventually comes to accept his mistakes and move on, his biggest mistake appears to be simply trying to cover up his mistake.

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Nov 18th, 1:45 PM Nov 18th, 2:00 PM

Godfrey Cass’ Long Journey to Closure in George Eliot’s Silas Marner

15-1823

My study takes into account fourteen critical articles and scholarly studies of George Eliot’s Silas Marner. After studying and reflecting on what has previously been written about the novel as well as consulting with my professor who is a George Eliot scholar, I arrived at an original thesis regarding the novel. In my paper, I share my own interpretation of the novel into which I have incorporated what I learned from my extensive research and close reading of the text. I focus on the portion of Silas Marner that is dedicated to telling the story of Geoffrey Cass’ moral development. The novel depicts the process of Godfrey slowly coming to terms with his past transgressions, namely secretly marrying an opium addict and abandoning his child once his first wife dies. As Godfrey avoids owning up to his actions for sixteen years, guilt and shame control his life. By looking at where this guilt and shame come from, how these emotions give birth to other negative emotions in his life, how he uses coping mechanisms to deal with them, and how he eventually comes to accept his mistakes and move on, his biggest mistake appears to be simply trying to cover up his mistake.