The Victorian era was the beginning of people questioning political and and religious belief. There was a lot of controversy over Silas Marner due to Elliot making religion such a big factor. Culturally, there was a transition away from rationalism and toward romanticism and mysticism with regard to religion, social values, and the arts. This transition played a big part in Elliot's view on religion and politics. This lead her to write one of her most controversial books, Silas Marner.
An outwardly simple tale of a linen weaver, expresses Elliot's view on her attitude towards religion. The novel was set in the early years of the nineteenth century. George Elliot was one of the leading novelists of the Victorian era. Wanting to escape the stereotype of women writing lighthearted romances, Elliot used a male pen name to ensure that her work would be taken seriously. In writing Silas Marner, Elliot was at a... [continues]
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