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A Study into the Fortunes of Silas Marner George Eliot wrote Silas Marner in 1861 It is set in a time before the Industrial Revolution a world that our society is unaware of It is in a time where cloth was made at home in a weavers cottage rather than in large factories of mass production Silas is a cottage weaver Silas Marners fortunes throughout the book are many and varied Although throughout the story he receives many setbacks and blows to his confidence he seems to build on these and turn them to his advantage His first major set back sets the scene for the rest of the book Silas first misfortune occurs in his hometown of Lantern Yard Here he is asked to keep vigil over the senior deacon this is where Silas suffers from an epileptic fit he had falleninto a mysterious rigidity and suspension of consciousness Silas lives in a time where catalepsy or epilepsy as we would now call it is not known This particular seizure allows William one of Silas best friends to steal the church monies without anyone realising it Silas misfortune is to have this fit at a time when nobody else save William is around to witness it This leads to Silas being blamed in my view quite unfairly for the theft of the church monies and he is excommunicated because The lots declared that Silas Marner was guilty This betrayal by William severely bruises Silas belief in God and trust in human nature After his excommunication Silas moves within the week to Raveloe where he made his isolation more complete by moving into one of the Squires more remote cottages by the stone pit It is here in his isolated state that he is unfortunate in the fact that because he is so isolated he misdirects many of his feelings towards his money his familiars and also into his weaving It happens that
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