Silas Marner - George Eliot

Monday 31 December 2007
by  Mathilde V
popularity : 2%

Cover of the book Silas Marner Have you ever read a book and said to yourself : "BORING!!"? Well, this book is in no way that, because it is the complete opposite. As you read about the miser who loses his gold and gains his life you will smile, grin and even giggle. What is amazing, is how George Eliot pulls us in her story of love and misfortune.

Silas Marner, a weaver, is forced to move to a small town called Raveloe. With his lack of social life the hard-working, Silas Marner is able to reach the highest point of his career which leads to an unexpected fortune. Meanwhile a rich, powerful young man, Godfrey Cass is secretly married to a drunken, drug taking wife who only his evil, selfish, and uncaring brother knows about. These two lives - if I may say- of the two characters combine when Godfrey’s wife, Molly, comes to Raveloe ; however she does not come alone; she has a surprise: a baby. Unfortunately, shortly after her arrival, Molly passes away and leaves her daughter alone. When Silas Marner unexpectedly discovers the baby, he establishes that he will keep her without knowing who she belongs to.

Silas Marner is to a certain extent a historical novel—that is, the setting is a time already past when the book was written, "the days when the spinning-wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses." George Eliot did a brilliant job of showing that Silas Marner is a story of loss, alienation that combines elements of fairy tale and myth with realism and humor. In my opinion, Jane Austen’s books are of a higher quality than than Eliot’s, but Silas Marner has more "meat" and has surpassed the Austen books.