The Portrayal Of The Community In Raveloe In Silas Marner Analysis

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The Portrayal of the Community in Raveloe in Silas Marner by George Eliot

Silas Marner by George Eliot was first published in 1861 during the industrial revolution. The industrial revolution, as the
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Raveloe was hidden in the 'snug well-wooded hollow' that nobody apart from the community in Raveloe had visited. I view Raveloe as a place that is tranquil, and picturesque that was in the hands of god and was untouched by everything apart from the community of Raveloe and nature. I think this is why the community of Raveloe did not like Silas at first. The community in Raveloe didn't like change, as they'd never experience much change in the village. It was hard for them to accept a new person to the community- especially when he was so weird and eerie.

Although the villagers are described in the book as welcoming, when somebody like Silas arrives in your community it is understandable why it was hard for the community to welcome him. The community led simple, happy and self-sufficient lives. Where mainly everybody gets on with each other and everybody helps each other in there different times of need. They are also house proud and close knit-which is important in a village such as Raveloe because everybody lives all
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At Lantern Yard Silas had complete faith in god, when he lost his faith the community in Raveloe found it hard to understand why Silas lost his faith in god. The same way Silas found it hard to understand Dollies religion.

The Squire Cass abuses his position as Squire thinks he can do whatever he likes. He gets whatever he likes too with all the money he has. The community in Raveloe does not question the Squires behavior or how he has brought up his sons. The Squire Cass represents the worst example of English Gentry. The Squire Cass swigs beer, belches down his red meat and tells crude jokes. I think the community is scared of challenging his hereditary right because of what might happen to them if they do. The Squire Cass's attitude has also been passed on to his two sons as both of them abuses there position especially Dunstan who stole Silas's money. The upper class seem to think they have the right to seize other peoples property, e.g. Dunstan justifies stealing Silas's money and Godfrey thinks he can take Eppie even thought he hasn't talked or thought about her in

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