There are many evident differences between the novel Silas Marner by George Elliot and its modernized film translation, A Simple Twist of Fate. These changes cover the differences in religion, the change in Nancy's opinion on children and adoption, and the revelation of the child's biological parents. First, in the novel Silas Marner, religion seems to play an extraordinarily larger piece in everyday life then it seems to in the modern translation of the story. For example, when Silas Marner left the church in the novel, he also gave up a lot of respect from the other citizens in town. However, although Silas's character, Michael, is portrayed as somewhat of an outcast in the town, the storyline does not stress a detail about religion (or lack there of) very often. One of the major differences in the modern version is that the discovery of the Matilda's true parents is made much earlier in her life than in the original. In the novel, Eppie does not learn who her real father is until she is 18 years old, at which point she is given the choice of whose daughter she wants to be. Also, after Eppie chooses to remain with Silas, the story ends on a positive note. In the modern film version however, the child learns who her real father is when she is 12, and a custody battle ensues. In addition, toward the finale of the custody battle, the whole towns attention is drawn to the drained quarry, where they find Tanny Newland's skeleton with Silas's stolen gold coins. This instant recovery of wealth then gave Silas the edge in the court case. Although both the novel and the film had similar results, A Simple Twist of Fate changed the order of events, making the story flow much better than the novel Silas Marner.
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