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What Makes a Good Symbol Symbols are a key aspect of the novel Silas Marner by George Eliot Eliot uses them to help develop and intensify the plot of the story Each symbol represents major themes of the story Some of the symbols she uses are so discrete it makes the reader wonder if she meant to use them or not Without Eliots skillful implementation of these symbols the reader would be lost in the pages of the novel and would not understand the major social impacts of Silas Marner Lantern Yard is a good symbol of Silass past He lived there in the past but it represents more than that It represents the darkness and loneliness of his past compared to his life in Raveloe The setting of the town involves an old prison and dark alleys with overcast weather This setting portrays a scene of darkness in the mind of the reader In Lantern Yard Silas spent all of his time weaving by himself The Church that he devoted his life to betrayed him The town of Lantern Yard helps intensify the change in his life after he left for Raveloe Marners gold is also another crucial symbol to the plot It represents the greed of Silas before Ellie came into his life It helps strengthen the readers view of the change between Silass life before and after Ellie It also helps portray his emptiness and loneliness Since he spends every night counting and bathing in his gold he spends no time with anyone else and is very lonely inside New Years Eve is a crucial event in the lives a few major characters in the book It is a symbol for change in the characters lives For Silas he gets new start Eppie comes into his life and he becomes more of a father figure and a hero He does not need to rely on his gold to make
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