Literary Analysis Challenge

By: Zachary Grondines

Analyze this passage from Silas Marner by George Eliot to answer the questions below

Strangely Marner’s face and figure shrank and bent themselves into a constant mechanical relation to the objects of his life, so that he produced the same sort of impression as a handle or a crooked tube, which has no meaning standing apart. The prominent eyes that used to look trusting and dreamy, now looked as if they had been made to see only one kind of thing that was very small, like tiny grain, for which they hunted everywhere; and he was so withered and yellow, that, though he was not yet forty, the children always called him “Old Master Marner.”

What do you believe the deeper meaning of this passage is? What do you think the text is trying to say?

Did the author's diction help you to find this deeper meaning? How or how not.