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by George Eliot

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Silas Marner: A Study of Transition
“For most critics, it stands apart from her other novels in the perceived thinness of its characterizations, the arbitrariness of its plot (which often partakes of the miraculous), and the simplicity of its conclusions. Many have called it her “moral fable.” However, it is precisely because of the bare, allegorical nature of the novel that the relationships of plot, character, and symbolism can most easily be discerned. For the story is by no means a fantasy, but a compact and serious work, wherein the issues of class, industrialization, and religion are realistically addressed in the context of the author’s time through a series of contradictory parallels. Through both the structure and content of the novel, Eliot’ refutes the common belief of the latter 19th century (held most strenuously by many of the upper classes) that membership in the upper classes indicated moral superiority, makes the implicit argument that industrialization dehumanizes and alienates workers, and suggests a “religion of humanity” founded on community as a substitute for the failure of organized religion.”
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Shirley Galloway

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