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The novel Silas Marner is the story of how a linen weaver is socially exiled by his peers because of their misunderstanding of him The exile continues until a key figure Eppie restores his personal and social status within the town The moral metaphor of the redemption power of love affects the three main characters in different ways After being erroneously accused of stealing money Silas Marner is forced into the life of a loner Due to his idiosyncrasies the town people shun and fear him as a witch Silas is so engrossed on material possessions that when his gold is stolen he is close to a nervous breakdown He had become obsessive and disgruntled He had no feelings of love for himself or any others He was alone A little girl appears whos drunken mother has passed away and Silas takes her in Eppie as he names her transforms his life Eppie turns a man who had given up on life who had no purpose into a man who had but one goal to make her happy She came to think of him as her father and couldnt imagine it any other way When Godfrey wanted to adopt her she refused She caused Silas to stop thinking about money He went back to church and started to socialize again Eppie gave Silas a focus for what was right She provided the responsibility needed for Silas to pull himself out of his mone y grubbing stupor Eppie unlocked the heart of a sad man and allowed Silas to feel whole The second person Eppie impacted was Godfrey The girl until the very end of the book did really not influence Godfrey when he realizes he doesnt have control over everyone Although Godfrey did some things that were wrong he really wasnt that bad of a person Yet all Eppie knew of Godfrey was that he ignored responsibility Although on some occasions
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