Subtitle: The Weaver of Raveloe
Publisher: Noble and Noble Publishers
She and Marner visits his native village which to his dismay is been completely swept away and is replaced by a large factory. Novel ends with the marriage of Eppi and Aaron.
Rating: Very Good
Though a little difficult to read, Mary Ann Evans has made this her most comforting novel. As Wordsworth says,
"A child, more than all other gifts
That earth can offer to declining man
Brings hope with it, and forward looking
Novel explores the issue of redemptive love and throughout the work she is careful to maintain a poetic justice. Although it seems like a simple moral story with a happy ending, the text includes several pointed criticisms of organised religion, the role of the gentry and negative impacts of the industrialisation.
Silas may be the title character, but he is by and large a passive one, acted upon rather than acting on others. In a more wider sense, there is not much difference between him and Vladimir and Estragon in Waiting for Godot. All of them are waiting for something to change their lives; but for Silas, Godot comes at last.
Novel has been the base for much theatre and film adaptations.
- Ben Kingsley played Silas Marner in a 1985 BBC adaptation with Patsy Kensit as the grown-up Eppi.
- The novel was adapted as 'Sukhdas' in Hindi by the Indian writer Premchand.