Silas Marner And Hard Times: Redemption Essay

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Silas Marner And Hard Times: Redemption

The discussion will take place first in Silas Marner novel. It is taken to be first since
it needs full concentration of the reader.


Two characters are going to be in "redemption" and "re-generation", in their concepts and
beliefs in life. The main character of the novel, which the plot builds on, is "Silas
Marner". His penance is him living lonely and cut off from the world for 15 years, till he
finds Eppie. Eppie, is like the fairy genie, which will be the cause of his
"re-generation".


Silas's redemption is evoked, when he takes Eppie the little child and raises her. By
doing that, he was attaching him self to his passion, and re-gaining trust in kinship and
emotions. The following quotation support the point mentioned:


For Silas, ignorant and confused as he is, moves, even in his passion for gold, on a more
intense and heroic emotional plane than the villagers… [Austen, Henry.226]


The quotation mentioned earlier will be explained with more details. Silas love of money
was replaced by Eppie's love. It is only a symbol to the replacement of materialism and
loss of faith to human kinship and trust in a new religion based on love, not religious
myths and supernatural elements. Eppie is the message for Silas and the reader:


The ‘message' the child brings is the all-importance of natural human affections, and
Silas is receptive because his affection has survived the fifteen years of isolation.
[Carroll, David.197]


It cannot be said that Silas is a villain character, or else he would not have changed. He
was in loss, when the lot that should have announced him not guilty, gave an opposite
answer. This incident happened in Lantern Yard; he was then a part of a religious group.
He was accused of stealing the dead man, who he was looking after that night. Their custom
is to draw lot, so that God show them the right answer. It came negative; he lost faith in
man and God as a result to this incident. When he moves to live in Raveloe, he worships
money. He stay lonely for fifteen years; it can be said that it is his penance for losing
faith in human kind, and disbelieving in a righteous "mysterious Power". The penance ends,
and the "re-generation" start with Eppie's appearance in his life. She makes him trust
again humans, and trust a new believe in a new God he never knew.


Another main character, which is in the sub-pot of the novel, is Godfrey. His fall is his
believe in the "god of chance". Godfrey is weak and always hesitates. It is obvious
because he leaves every thing for chance. He does not tell his father about his marriage
to Molly, Eppie's mother, nor he acknowledges his daughter when he recognizes her after
Silas founding her. His selfish self and his weakness stop him from admitting the truth.
Even in earlier incidents, when he decides to tell his father about his secret marriage,
he does not, because:


… ,he could now feel the presence of nothing but its evil consequences: the old dread of
disgrace came back - the old shrinking from the thought of raising a hopeless barrier
between him and Nancy - the old disposition to rely on chances which might be favourable
to him, and save him from betrayal. Why, after all, should he cut off the hope of them by
his own act?… [Silas Marner. Ch.8]


His carelessness and his weakness to take the consequences of his actions, his goal to
marry Nancy, and his depend on chance, are all his faults. He will pay his penance, as
Silas did, when he marries Nancy and have no children. His penance starts, when Silas's
one ends. Godfrey's refusal to acknowledge Eppie, is only a refuse of a second chance
given by the "mysterious Powers", to correct his mistakes. The result of his actions will
be severe. His punishment is divided into three parts: his childless marriage, his wife's
love, who could not accept the idea of adoption, while he wanted to adopt his child, and
then his daughter refusing to live with him when he acknowledged her the truth.


As a result, it can be said that "Both stories reveal a world ruled by the law of
consequences; Silas's fifteen years of very real bitterness and isolation rule out the
suggestion that his is a different kind of world from Godfrey's, a world in which the
logic of the everyday is suspended. Both men suffer for their mistakes; Silas recovers
completely from his transgression and is suitably rewarded because his affection has
preserved him, whereas Godfrey's lapse is more criminal and his punishment more severe"
[Carroll, David. 198 & 199].


Now, it is to be approached the redemption aspect in Hard Times. The main character, which
will be in redemption, is Grandgrind. He is introduced at the beginning of the novel as:


The speaker's square finger emphasized his observations by underscoring every sentence
with a line on the schoolmaster's sleeve. The emphasis was helped by the speaker's square
wall of forehead, which had his eyebrows for its base, while his eyes found commodious
cellarage in two dark caves, overshadowed by the wall. The emphasis was helped by the
speaker's mouth, which was wide, thin, and hard set. The emphasis was helped by the
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