Moral Values of Silas Marner and Godfrey Cass Essay

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“Justice is the quality of being just as well as complying with the principle of righteousness and also performing one’s moral obligations” (Oxford Dictionary). Moral values are important in Silas Marner throughout the novel as those people who do good deeds are rewarded while those who fail in their moral duties to others are punished. As George Eliot was a religious person, she believed in fate and providence as there was a higher being rewarding and punishing our conduct. This theme is portrayed throughout the book and seen most prominently in the characters of Silas Marner and Godfrey Cass.

Silas starts the story as a popular man from Lantern Yard as he is a regular attendee to church and is well respected. He is referred to as
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Silas Marner is the main protagonist in the book, although the reader is not given a good impression at the start of the novel. He is full of greed and his only joy and pleasure is seeing his ‘precious’ gold. This can be backed up by the quote “Silas lived in solitude, his guineas rising in the iron pot” (Chapter 2 page 19). His reaction when his gold is stolen is that of disbelief. It is as if one of his family members has died. The quotes “His heart leapt violently” and “His trembling hand” prove this. This incident is very ironic as people had accused him of stealing money but now the tide had turned and now it was his money which had been stolen. The consequence of the stolen money means that Silas opens up to the whole of the community. He starts to become good friends with Dolly Winthrop, the wheelwright’s wife. Chapter 12 sees the turning point of Silas’ life. The readers are also introduced to Molly Farren, Godfrey Cass’ wife. Molly is addicted to opium and this leads to her dying and, perhaps by coincidence, her baby arrives at Silas’ door. At first, he thinks his gold has arrived but this ‘gift’ is more important than his gold according to him. Silas instantly becomes a better person when the child arrives at his door. He used to crave his ‘precious’ guineas but now he desires this baby. The thoughts and cravings he had for his gold have now been replaced by this ‘treasure’. He says that “She’ll be my little un and nobody

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