Nineteenth Century Literature

Blog post Week 9

CREATIVE

Write a letter to any one of the following four characters telling them what you think of their choices in chapter 19 of the novel: Godfrey, Silas, Nancy and Eppie.

Dear Silas,

I am writing in response to the choices you made when confronted by Eppie’s biological father, Godfrey. I believe that the way you carried yourself during this confronting moment was incredibly moving to read. You were defiant in your use of words and stood up against Godfrey even though you were hesitant at first. I really like how you did not stand in Eppie’s way when Godfrey wanted her come live with him and Nancy. You let her make her own choice even though you wanted her to choose you. This to me showed how amazing you are, you did not feel like Eppie owed you anything for all the years you spent looking after her. You trusted her own to make her own decision based on what she thought was right for herself. This is in contrast to Godfrey who believed that because Eppie was biologically his daughter, belonged to him and owed him a duty of care, when he was never there to show his duty of care to her for all these years. As you declared, “then, sir, why didn’t you say so sixteen year ago, and claim her before I’d come to love her”. Your use of rhetorical question really strikes a vital question about why Godfrey chose to neglect Eppie when he had a duty to look after her.

I also really like how you do not care about the superficial things like material wealth. You are content with your life with Eppie and the humble life that you lead together, you appreciate all the wealth of happiness she has brought you and vis versa. I really felt for you when Godfrey states he wanted to bring Eppie back to his home to live with him and Nancy. I could only imagine the sense of agony and distress you felt at having the one thing that meant the world to you being taken away. I am so glad Eppie chose to stay with you, it shows us the readers that she loves you and rightfully so. You have been an exceptional father to her and provided her with all she could need in life.

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8 thoughts on “Blog post Week 9

  1. Hi Sibel,
    I like your approach to the topic. However, I feel it would be better to refer to Silas’s story as an actual experience in the set environment, rather than something from a book you read. This is a creative entry after all, so perhaps you could have put yourself as a character inside the same universe as Silas, and the letter would come to him as a result of you having heard about the experience. For example, instead of saying you had read about him, implying that another person wrote about him, you could have said that you were a bypasser that heard about what happened and was inspired and felt compelled to reach out to him. That is what I would have done to give the “letter” a more authentic feel. In addition, you might want to pay attention to a few errors, such as “you trusted her own”=”you trusted her” and “vis versa”=”vice/vise versa”. This was a nice read. Good job!

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  2. Hi Sibel,
    I really enjoyed reading your letter to Silas, which encapsulated the main elements of his character highlighted in this chapter. I believe you could have improved this entry further by more creatively engaging with the topic. This entry reads somewhat more like a casual critique than a creative letter. Perhaps you could have written the letter from the perspective of Dolly Winthrop, Silas’ friend and confidant in the story. This would have allowed you to also make comment regarding the development of Silas’ character. You mentioned quite rightly that Silas demonstrates an understanding of emotional and personal connections being of higher importance than materialistic concerns, but were unable to highlight the fact that this was a progression in his character. After all, Silas was once obsessed with his pot of gold, an immensely material object. Given the medium of a letter and written by a character with a personal connection with Silas, this would have been possible. However, you nevertheless managed to encompass the main themes of this chapter and it was well done. I particularly enjoyed your inclusion of personal responses and feelings toward Silas in the letter. One final note I must add is to always edit your work as there are a few grammatical errors. Congratulations on a good entry!

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  3. Hi Sibel,

    Your letter was clear in terms of what you thought of how Silas and everyone else handled the situation, but I believe you could have made it more personal. Like picturing yourself as someone who personally knows Silas and have just heard by word of mouth perhaps of what just happened to the girl, he considers a daughter. I feel like if the question was asking to write a letter to George Eliot/ the author, then it would have been sensible to refer to him as “an author” who you’re writing to in respond to his book. Writing this has given me an idea, like how interesting it would have been to write the letter as one of the other three characters. But what can I say, since this is a creative question there are endless ways that a person could approach it, and the way you looked at it was done well. The following is just a minor error I noticed in your blog; vis versa – can be written as vice/ vise versa.

    Looking forward to reading your future materials.

    – Ashureena

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