CLASSICS CHALLENGE IS HOSTED BY NOVEMBER’S AUTUMN.BLOGSPOT.COM
MARCH PROMPT: SETTING:
Choose a setting within the novel that most intrigues you. Is it the house of the character? Maybe the place where the novel reaches its climax?
To clarify how this will work: I’ll post various questions, don’t feel obliged to answer all of them. Participants have the full month to post and share their answers.
The different levels are based on how far into the book you are.Feel free to skip around the levels if you see a question that catches your fancy.
How has the author introduced the setting? What does it tell you about the character? about the time period? What is the mood of the setting?
How do you envision it? Find a few images or describe it. Do you feel the setting is right? or was it a weak point of the author?
If this particular setting was changed how would it affect the course of the story?
Silas Marner is a definite read for anyone enjoys classic literature. George Eliot masterfully writes with fervor, this beautiful story of a weaver, who is innocently accused of a theft. Silas subsequently leaves his home in Northern England for the fictitious village of Raveloe. The setting of the story is imperative. Silas is introduced to the reader in a slum village. After being falsely accused, he almost puts himself in exile in a reclusive village in what most people consider more of the Midlands of England. Silas is a loom weaver throughout most of the story and it is a great metaphor the struggle he faces after being unfairly accused.
The village of Raveloe is more secluded and almost the polar opposite of where he originated. As he works hard weaving, the story unfolds. Silas is now a man who hoards his money, and a miser. We later come learn of additional characters that certainly help disclose more information about the life of Silas. After Silas becomes the victim of a crime, and his money is stolen, a young innocent girl appears on his doorstep. Her role in the life of Silas Marner and the rest of story is almost fairy tale like. This is the first story I have read by Eliot, and was most impressed at the skill she exhibits in her writing. At times is it lyrical and poetic, simply beautiful! In the end Silas learns how to love again, and becomes a good father as the goodness he once possessed is brought back to him through the adoption of this young girl.
Silas begins in a slum village, a good man, engaged with a future to look forward to, and then after being falsely accused of a crime he leaves this village for a reclusive village which is more suburban in its atmosphere. However, in this beautiful new secluded village, Silas changes and becomes a miser and hoarder. After much toil, he returns to his good-natured self that he always was. Eliot uses the setting to contrast his personality and it has a great effect on the story as a whole.