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A theme that is very much present in the first chapters of Silas Marner is that of the fact that we fear when we dont understand What we cant comprehend is automatically labeled as evil that is the source of what first happens to Silas Whenever Silas goes into trance or a fix he cant respond to anything thats around him in its essence he becomes totally catatonic for some moments When the Church found out about this they became afraid they became scared because they didnt know why Silas was going into fixes or trances They automatically labeled Silas as being visited by the devil when there were as many reasons to believe that he was being visited by the Virgin Mary as there were to believe he was visited by the devil They were scared by Silas illness because they didnt know it was an illness very much like epilepsy Thats the reason why the labeled him as being visited by the devil and made him an outcast That wouldnt be the first time Silas would become an outcast He also becomes an outcast from society He is rejected and badly spoken of Men at the taverns say that he is a dead man walking They think that he is dead when he goes into the fixes and comes back to life when he gets out of the fixes They hypothesize about his soul leaving his body and coming back later but no one asks Silas about what is really happening when he is in his catatonic state A great example of how people fear what they cant comprehend is the common tradition of saying God bless you when someone sneezes This come from the belief of that a sneeze meant that your soul was trying to get out of your body when in fact its just the natural response to a thing that your body might think of as a disease illness
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