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Most of us, at some time during out late elementary school years, are given the vaunted task of reading and reporting on the text entitled 'Silas Marner'. I know I was! And I also know that, because of my age at the time of the assignment, I got little, if anything, from the reading of it. What a dire shame! This beautiful tale is literally filled with credos on how to live a quality and meaningful life! But we, being mere immature elementary students at the time, had most of these teachings allude us completely.
'Silas Marner' truly is a literary classic. The author brings to light the life areas of deceit, mistrust, bribery, greed, and eventual unrepentant love through a set of intermingled and memorable characters. Her style is very similar to that of Dickens insomuch that there is not only a riveting plotline that weaves its way throughout the book but a series of side adjuncts which not only give us a firmer grasp of the life and times of a small town but the inequalities that are caused through its income and social disparities.
Take the time, as I did, now that you are an adult to grasp the life-teaching tale that our 8th grade teacher so desperately wanted us to glean from this classic novel. It is worth the journey back to a long forgotten academic assignments......
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