In George Eliot’s Silas Marner, the reader is introduced to a number of characters that possess the elements of selfishness. Silas Marner, Godfrey Cass, and Dunstan Cass exhibit this trait numerous times during novel. Even though these characters all exhibit selfishness during this story, by the end their characteristics are not similar at all. This schism of development is one of the themes of the story that will be analyzed. Regardless of the similar characteristics characters may possess in the beginning of the story, they can become very different people by the end. These characteristics are not limiting and do not hinder the development of a character.
Dunstan Cass is a character that the reader finds
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From the outside, the reader is let in on a dark secret of Godfrey’s. He has had relations with another woman and has a child, but refuses to recognize them. Molly, this woman, is poor and is barely able to survive. Repelled by her poverty, Godfrey rejects Molly and focuses on attracting another, more extravagant woman named Nancy. Nancy allows more respect to come to him from the townspeople and he is comfortable in that he will be with someone close to his own social status. He disregards his former relationship with the woman who bore his child in order to be more socially correct. When Silas takes Eppie, Godfrey’s child, under his wing, Godfrey secretly sends Eppie money and supplies. He feels regret and guilt as he reflects on his past decisions. He does not let his true feelings of regret toward leaving his child show because his reputation would be radically diminished. Godfrey, a character who is very selfish in the beginning of the
Callahan, Thomsen 3 novel goes through a rebirth. He realizes his faults and confesses to Silas and the rest of the town, attempting to compensate for his neglect and rejection of Eppie and Molly. Godfrey, along with Silas, is one of the