Silas Marner Conflicts

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Silas Marner There are many conflicts throughout the story Silas Marner. Three of these clashes are between Silas and William Dane, Dunstan and Godfrey, and between Godfrey and Nancy after their marriage. These quarrels help to express the character’s personalities, and help to advance the story’s plot. Without these conflicts, the story would not only be boring, but it would be substantially harder to follow. One of the earliest discrepancies in the story was between Silas and William Dane. In this incident, William Dane, who Silas thought was his best friend, betrayed him in multiple ways. This was only the start of a many problems confronting Silas. The first betrayal occurred when William stole from the church and framed Silas. The money was found at Silas’s house as indicated by the following quote, “The search was made, and it ended-in William Dane’s finding the well-known bag, empty, tucked behind the chest of drawers in Silas’s chamber.” (p. 18) The ulterior motive of this action was to ruin Silas’s reputation. Not only did he frame Silas, but he also subsequently married Silas’s fiancé. These events caused Silas to leave Lantern Yard and make his way to Raveloe. This caused an abrupt change in scenery and lifestyle for Silas. These actions altered the setting and the mood for the remainder of the story. The next major conflict, the one between Dunstan and Godfrey, set the course for the subplot. This incident involved Godfrey’s secret marriage, which if revealed, would ruin Godfrey’s reputation, as well as his chances for his inheritance. This would ruin Godfrey’s current outlook on life, as he sees nothing except the inheritance in his future. The catch was that his brother Dunstan knew about it, and as such, constantly blackmailed Godfrey over it, as shown by this quote said by Dunstan, “I’m so easy and good-natured. You’ll take any trouble for me.
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