Dont Have One

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Dont Have One

By | April 2013
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Mary Anne Evans, known as George Elliot, was a novelist in the Victorian era. Raised by parents, Robert Evans and Christina Evans she was born November 22,1819 into a family of three children. Because she was not considered physically beautiful, which led to a low chance of marriage, her father invested in an education that most women wouldn’t get. Since she was always an intelligent and voracious reader, her father felt an education would give her a chance at life. While in school she was taught in a religious atmosphere that was opposed to evangelicalism. Her father having access to a library allowed her to be self taught. The tragedies she read on greek mythology later influenced her novels. Fortuitously, Evans was head of a literary enterprise, which gave her the opportunity to work on her writing skills and also to study the novels and literature of others. Evans refused to be categorized with other female writers, so she gave herself the name George Elliot. That, then, became her pen name, which opened the doors to a wider audience.

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...