IMPORTANT SETTINGS AND THEMES IN THE NOVEL ‘THE WEAVER OF RAVELOE’ Affiliation IMPORTANT SETTINGS AND THEMES IN THE NOVEL‘THE WEAVER OF RAVELOE’
This book review is going to talk about the important settings and themes in Silas Marner’s novel ‘The Weaver of Raveloe’ as introduced by the first paragraph. This novel is based on a traditional and past setting. This is because it is centered on a village which is evidence of a traditional setting. It can also be argued that the novel is based on a past setting as the characters in it are not civilized. They still have laid-back imaginations and beliefs. For example, the novel clearly states that these people considered anyone who was wiser or more knowledgeable as a dishonest person. To them, an honest person is one that does not demonstrate higher levels of knowledge and a wider understanding of issues. It is for this reason that they treated the linen-weavers, who were emigrants, with a lot of suspicion. This is because the linen-weavers had a good reputation of knowledge and skill. This is equally a past setting as the people still believe in superstitions and the presence of ‘evil ones’, something that has been overtaken by events.
The theme that presents itself in this novel is the theme of isolation. The people are said to be living in villages that are closely knit and all that they know are their traditional practices and experiences. They have no knowledge of the outside world. They do not trust people who are not of their own, for example, settlers and emigrants. Any person who was not related to them was associated with vices such as crime. They also treated outsiders with a lot of contempt. The novel states that these people viewed emigrants to be alien and even their dogs barked at them fiercely. They believed these to be remnants of a disinherited race. Isolation can also be demonstrated as these people would not comprehend how a person can be so clever and this is due to their lack of exposure to the outside world.
Marner, S. (1861). The Weaver of Raveloe.