When I read this scene I find the mood to be wondering. Silas was so taken aback by the accusation that he has nothing to say but “God will clear me”. Silas had a fit and the only one who knows what truly happened IS God. Also, Silas says that he knows “nothing”. This again shows that even he has no idea what happened. The word “nothing” is also the word that I think that sums up the whole passage along with the word gone. The fact that “nothing” is repeated more than once shows the negativity of this scene. Some colors that go along with the negativity are gray, black, and any color that is dark. This accusation has been brought on Marner very abruptly and a dark cloud has been brought upon Marner.
The mood of this scene is very distressed or gut-wrenching. Some word that really stood out in this passage were trembling and terror. Both of these words were repeated and it gives a certain emphasis to the distressed tone that the author wants to instill on the reader. In this scene, the colors seem to form a transition from light to dark because Silas was happy about his pork roast earlier in the scene but as the examines the hole his spirits drop and the color changes to dark grays and blacks.
This is the changing point of the story and the tone expressed here is hopeful and awestruck. At first Marner hopes that the child is his gold but after he finds out it is a child he is amazed. He has no idea how his life is going to turn from this point on. The words that really stuck out at me were amazement and marvel. Silas cannot believe what has just happened and because of his cataleptic fit, he has no idea how this could have happened. The colors I likened this scene to were bright joyous of a sun rise. When the author describes the curls to soft yellow rings I considered this to be the brightness entering Silas’ household.
The tone of this poem is bitter and grieving. The words that really made me think of this poem as bitter and grieving are passionless, hopeless, and reproach. When Marner finds that his gold is missing he losses hope almost immediately that he will ever see it again. He also wants to blame someone right away even without any proof to show it was them. This poem is describing how grief destroys a man and makes him nothing more than a statue. Marner becomes much like the poet is describing. He wants to lay the blame on everyone and doesn’t have any idea what to do with himself. I think that drab colors such as gray, like the gray on marble statue are fitting to this scene.
The tone of this poem is expressed as grim or melancholy. I believe this because of the words tired and grey and no use. The poet is showing that it seems that the person in the poem is giving up and can’t fight anymore. This is the same way that I think that Silas felt when he was accused of stealing the money. He had no fight in him because he was so overwhelmed and couldn’t understand what was happening. The colors evoked in this poem are again, dark grays and more drab colors that signify tiredness and despair.
The tone that is brought out in this stanza is wondering or frustrating. The reason I think this is because the poet opens the poem up by asking a question and I think of this poem as frustrating because of the word never. The poet is describing how even though people search for hope, no one has found it no matter how hard they try. I can relate this to Silas Marner because when he reaches down and feels the curls of a girl and not his gold, any hope that he had of getting his money back vanishes but in a way, Marner is also contradicting this poem because they life he lives with this girl goes to show that somewhere, hope really does exist. The colors that I thought interpreted the poem were bright happy colors off in the distance that someone may be seeking but all they can do is imagine what those bright colors might have hidden.
I can relate this to the scene in SilasMarner when he is accused of stealing money. The colors in this painting are similar to the ones that I thought the scene depicted. They are dark blacks and grays which give an eerie and depressed feeling.
This painting I thought was comparable to when Marner’s money is stolen from him. There is a storm moving in and the beautiful day seems to be disappearing. This is how I felt when Marner got home to enjoy his pork and was in a good mood until he discovered that his money was gone. A dark rain cloud filled Marner’s home much like this painting is starting to rain.
This final painting I chose is much like the scene in which Eppie enters Marner’s house for the first time. This painting looks as if the sun is just coming out from behind the darker clouds in the distance. Eppie happens to the be this sun in Marner’s life which helps him to overcome the storm of past events. The people signify the hope for positive change.
Silas Marner<br />By Brendan Roden<br />
Banished from Lantern Yard<br />“God will clear me: I know nothing about the knife being there, or the money being gone. Search me and my dewlling: you will find nothing but three pound five of my own savings, which William Dane knows I have had these six months” (15).<br />
Money has Disappeared<br />“The sight of the empty hole made his heart leap violently, but the belief that his gold was gone could not come at once—only terror, and the eager effort to put an end to the terror. He passed his trembling hand all about the hole, trying to think it possible that his eyes had deceived him; then he held the candle in the hole and examined it curiously, trembling more and more” (47). <br />
Eppie Arrives out of Nowhere <br />“He leaned forward at last, and stretched forth his hand; but instead of the hard coin with the familiar resisting outline, his fingers encountered soft, warm curls. In utter amazement, Silas fell on his knees and bent his head low to examine the marvel: it was a sleeping child—a round, fair thing, with soft yellow rings all over its head” (119).<br />
Grief<br />I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless;<br />That only men incredulous of despair,<br />Half-taught in anguish, through the midnight air<br />Beat upward to God’s throne in loud access<br />Of shrieking and reproach. Full desertness,<br />In souls as countries, lieth silent-bare<br />Under the blanching, vertical eye-glare<br />Of the absolute heavens. Deep-hearted man, express<br />Grief for thy dead in silence like to death—<br />Most like a monumental statue set<br />In everlasting watch and moveless woe<br />Till itself crumble to the dust beneath.<br />Touch it; the marble eyelids are not wet:<br />If it could weep, it could arise and go.<br /> <br />
My Heart and I<br />III.<br />“How tired we feel, my heart and I !<br />We seem of no use in the world;<br />Our fancies hang grey and uncurled<br />About men’s eyes indifferently;<br />Our voice which thrilled you so, will let<br />You sleep; our tears are only wet:<br />What do we here, my heart and I?”<br />
Cui Bono<br /> ”What is Hope? A smiling rainbow<br />Children follow through the wet;<br />‘Tis not here, still yonder, yonder:<br />Never urchin found it yet.”<br />
Connection to being Banished from Lantern Yard <br />By: Aert van derNeer<br />Painting from Amsterdam <br />1647<br />http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=136166<br />
Connection to the Money Disappearing <br />By: Claude-Joseph Vernet<br />Painting from Paris, France<br />1767<br />http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=144721<br />
Painting of connected to Eppie’s arrival<br />By: Follower of Claude-Joseph Vernet<br />French Painting<br />1760s<br />http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=765<br />