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George Eliots Silas Marner is an engaging novel intertwining money sex and family feuds during the 18th century The title character is a friendless weaver who cares only for his cache of gold He is ultimately redeemed through his love for Eppie an abandoned golden-haired baby girl whom he discovers shortly after he is robbed and rears as his own child Through symbolism the speaker conveys the message that with lifes hardships come its treasures Eliot uses the character Eppie to represent happiness love and new beginnings whereas gold to symbolize sadness and loneliness Silass life is unmeaningful and monotonous when all he has is his gold He handled the coins he counted themlike the satisfaction of a thirst to himthat he drew them out to enjoy their companionship68 Money often changes a person but it should not replace a human presence as a friend With the arrival of Eppie after Silass gold is stolen his life becomes meaningful joyous and new emotions are evoked from him Silas pressed the child to him and almost unconsciously uttered sounds of hushing tenderness 167 Eppie becomes Silass treasure in life Silas rears up Eppie as his own child and his life never becomes bleak again Life just comes with hardships and treasures You cant have one without the other In Charles Dickenss Nicholas Nickleby the title character is subjected to a difficult life As the novel progresses however Nicholass life becomes more bearable and in the end he receives one of the greatest treasures of life love To live a difficult life makes the good things worth a lot more I agree with the speaker in Silas Marner because there is absolutely no exception-you cannot find a life without its treasures no matter how small Silas unknowingly changes the course of his life once he takes on the task of raising a child Today life still comes with its hardships and treasures but many of us dont
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