Culture of Life Studies
Book Discussion Guide: Silas Marner by George Eliot (Digital Download)
Silas Marner, a weaver in the village of Lantern Yard, lives a quiet life among the members of a strict religious sect. Accused of a theft, Silas has no other choice than to leave Lantern Yard and pursue his trade in the far-off village of Raveloe where no one knows him. In Raveloe, Silas loses his once strong faith in God. He shuns the company of other people and clings to his slowly growing pile of gold instead. Fifteen years after his arrival in Raveloe, Silas’ gold is stolen from him. Silas falls into despair and his life seems to lose its purpose. When a little lost girl wanders into Silas’ cottage, he at first mistakes her rich blond hair for his lost gold. After learning that the girl’s rightful family does not want her, Silas adopts her and gives her the name Eppie, after his mother Hephzibah. With the help of his neighbor, Mrs. Winthrop, Silas raises Eppie as his own daughter. Silas Marner is a classic story about the gift of children.
Recommended for ages 12 and up.
- Complete story summary
- Teacher notes and discussion guide
- Life Theme
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