The Importance of Duty in George Eliot's Silas Marner Essay

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The Importance of Duty in George Eliot's Silas Marner

In George Eliot's novel, 'Silas Marner', there is much evidence to suggest that duty is important. In the novel 'Silas Marner', duty is presented through parenting and community. Duty means conducts that are due to others. Duties are various functions that we have to follow, and they are moral obligations to others. This is all true for this novel, but also it means to show kindness, generosity, and respect for the community, traditions and family. Duty is a large part of this novel and it is based upon the values of practical Christianity, in part one. In this novel, the people are clearly divided into two separate classes of people; those who
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In this novel, Squire Cass is the largest landowner in Raveloe, showing that he is a very rich person. Squire Cass neglected all his duty; to his house and even to his own family and children. He shows no duty towards his house at all in this novel, and he has an appearance of 'habitual neglect'. The Squire, although wealthy, never fulfils any duty towards the house, such as keeping the house clean and tidy. The villagers of Raveloe largely disapproved of Squire Cass' lifestyle and the way he neglected his duty. He is an inconsistent man who fails to take action when he should be taking action, and then blames everyone else. He is an example of a very bad father, as he neglects his sons and then becomes angry at their actions. An example of when he gets angry with his sons is in chapter 9: 'You Dunsey have it, sir? And how long have you been so thick with Dunsey that you must collogue with him to embezzle my money?' The villagers consider Squire Cass as a bad father as well. Many of the villagers disapprove of the fact that 'he had kept all his sons at home in idleness'. The Squire does not care for his sons properly, and cares for no one much but himself. He certainly doesn't show any duty towards family, as he was 'always the latest' at the breakfast table. Squire Cass is a person that thought that the 'youth' was foolish. In this novel, the Squire also shows neglect

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