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Discuss the role of chance and coincidence in the novel Silas Marner.

by touhidsm, June 19, 2014

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Answer: One of the main themes of Silas Marner is the nature of chance. Chance and coincidence play an important role in the novel Silas Marner. They influence the action in this novel. The novelist George Eliot has shown how chance and coincidence contribute a lot to the development of the life of the protagonist Silas Marner and in the lives of some other character.

Chance and coincidence are determining factors in the life of Silas Marner. Marner perfectly an innocent man. He is religious man in the treat sense of the term. He gives an away most of his earning sincerity. He leads a pious life. But his friend William Dare plays foul with Marner. He falsely implicates Marner in a theft case of Moray. In order to confirm this false charge people follow a false procedure. They arrange draw of lots to pix-up the identity of thief. This is done, as far an article at their religion. The result of this draw in purely a matter of chance. Actually it is nothing but a chance. It is regarded by the community in letterman as a signal from God. George Eliot a novelist vises this chance as a device for the ex-communication of Marner, the protagonist. Actually the real action in the novel starts when Marner being expelled from own place, starts a new journey in search of new life. Thus chance serves as locomotive behind Marner action.

Chance plays a major role in the action of the novel. It there is no action in Silas Marner. It crucial direction to the plot of the novel. Marner after losing his gold-gains leads a measurable life. After the theft of his treasure, he become disappointed and crest fallen. He leads a solitary life with a broken heart.

When Marners life is in sheer disappointment, a girl aged two whits a golden here, enters into a Marners cottage at one late evening. The entrance of the girl happens purely by chance. In fact, if the girl had not entered into the cottage of the Marner there would have been no story about him from this point onwards. It is the Childs appearance in Marners cottage with serves him as a compensation for the loss of his gold. The girl’s appearance provides him with a motive to live an active life once again. After the robbery in his cottage Marner lost all sorts of inspiration energy to lead a normal life. He was living like a dead man. But the entry of Eppie the little girl reanimates him.
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