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Silas Marner- Foreshadowing Presentation

A group project done with Steph Rychlo and Riyan Khan on examples of foreshadowing in the book Silas Marner.

Kaelan Pawsey

on 9 October 2014

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Transcript of Silas Marner- Foreshadowing Presentation

"You'll take the child to the parish tomorrow?"asked Godfrey, speaking as indifferently as he could.
Foreshadowing in
Silas Marner

A presentation by:
Steph and Riyan

The Wordsworth Quote
Both betrayed Silas and put him through pain
When Dunstan dies after betraying Silas it shows the reader the severe consequences of ones actions
This gave the reader the idea that Lantern Yard, like Dunsey, would face consequences for what they did to Silas
Dunstan's Death Foreshadowing the Death of Lantern Yard
The foreshadowing in this story is used primarily in the foreshadowing of conflict and in the foreshadowing of the resolution of conflict.
"A child, more than all other gifts

That earth can offer to declining man,

Brings hope with it, and forward-looking thoughts."

Silas Marner
Gave Marner a future
Marner's Money Being Stolen
"Not that the idea of being robbed presented itself often or strongly to his mind"
Example: 6
Foreshadowing of Molly Farren
"[Molly had] “been threatening to come herself and tell him”
Silas Counting his Money
"unborn children"
Example: 9
Example: 8
Marner's Reaction to Aaron Winthrop
Raveloe's Suspicion Towards Silas
No one knew where wandering men had their homes or their origin; and how was a man to be explained unless you at least knew some- body who knew his father and mother? To the peasants of old times, the world outside their own direct experience was a region of vagueness and mystery: to their untravelled thought a state of wandering was a conception as dim as the winter life of the swallows that came back with the spring; and even a settler, if he came from distant parts, hardly ever ceased to be viewed with a remnant of distrust, which would have prevented any surprise if a long course of inoffensive conduct on his part had ended in the commission of a crime; especially if he had any reputation for know- ledge, or showed any skill in handicraft. All
cleverness, whether in the rapid use of that difficult instrument the tongue, or in some other art unfamiliar to villagers, was in itself
suspicious: honest folks, born and bred in a visible manner, were mostly not overwise or clever--at least, not beyond such a matter as knowing the signs of the weather; and the process by which rapidity and dexterity of any kind were acquired was so wholly hidden, that they partook of the nature of conjuring. In this way it came to pass that those scattered
linen-weavers--emigrants from the town into the country--were to the last regarded as aliens by their rustic neighbours, and usually contracted the eccentric habits which belong to a state of loneliness.
(Eliot 7)
In this presentation you will see 10 examples of foreshadowing that Eliot has included in this novel. Also you will see how Eliot uses foreshadowing.
Eppie's Replacement of Silas' Gold
"Restored treasure"
"He felt his heart begin to beat violently"
foreshadowed that Eppie will replace his gold, and be his new source of happiness
"sleeping child—a round, fair thing, with soft yellow rings all over its head"
showing how desperate and stressed Silas was
changes tone from desperate to happy and calm, and foreshadowed that this change would come in Silas' life
Death of Wildfire
"And take care to keep sober tomorrow, else you'll get pitched on your head coming home, and Wildfire might be the worse for it"
"You never knew me see double when I'd got a bargain to make; it 'ud spoil the fun. Besides, whenever I fall, I'm warranted to fall on my legs"
Dunstan will fall, and the outcome will be the worst for Wildfire.
Dunstan will show up drunk, and be pitched on his head
"[men] had not imaginations bold enough to lay a plan of burglary"
Dunstan's low morals and lack of shame.
It would seem to them that they would be shaming themselves, spending the money of another man in your town.
This showed that Dunstan was fully capable of stealing from Silas, out of his own greed.
It foreshadows that he will be robbed, and it will come as a shock to Silas.
foreshadowed that Molly would come to Raveloe
The repeated use of the word child at the start of chapter 12.
When this is paired with the opening Wordsworth quote, it presents the reader with the idea that it would be Molly's child that would end up being Silas'
“saw the neat-featured rosy face as a mere dim round, with two dark spots in it”
Godfrey's Love of Eppie
Thank you for listening.
Eliot uses many examples of foreshadowing in this novel, though most are not noticed until your second time reading it. Also, most examples are used either to foreshadow the conflict in the novel, or the resolution of conflict.
Squire Cass
Cass boys bothered Silas at beginning of book
Before Eppie, Silas saw children as nothing but a nuisance
Saw no beauty in children
"a round, fair thing, with soft yellow rings all over its head"
When he first saw Eppie, it changed something in him. and showed him how to see beauty and love.
"Poor little thing!" said Godfrey. "Let me give something towards finding it clothes"
Shows one of the many thing Godfrey did to care for her
Reveals that Godfrey is bothered to have someone else [Silas]acting in the place of a father for his child.
Included in our creative component with a red background to represent conflict.
Alcohol in the foreground to represent what caused the conflict.
shadow of horse [wildfire] in background to show what's being foreshadowed (death).
Shown in our creative component to show foreshadowing of conflict.
Map of Raveloe with surrounding areas labelled with question marks (used to show fear from the people of Raveloe towards to unknown/foreigners).
Shadow of sword to represent hostility.
shows how he wanted children
also of how he would love a child like he loved his gold
a child that is not his, just like Eppie is
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