A HERMIT: A KIERKEGAARDIAN READING OF GEORGE ELIOT?S SILAS MARNER

Abstract

Author(s): Hasan NASS?R? zg羹r KIRAN Seyfullah GL

The present article aims to examine George Eliot’s Silas Marner through the lens of Kierkegaard’s notion of three spheres of existence. Soren Kierkeggard as theistic existentialist, reshaped existential notions in the framework of religion since, for him, the main problem lies in redefining the true Christianity. In other words he painted all existential problems in religious light, perceiving God as the only source anyone can pin his faith on to transcend the temporal. The focus of this article is to analyze four characters of the novel, Silas, Godfrey, Dunstan and William Dane, in the light of three spheres of life, i.e. aesthetic, ethical and religious modes of life. Furthermore, the researcher will examine the notions of infinite resignation and leap of faith in connection with unique character of Silas at the point in the novel where he renounces God, sinking into despair in the aftermath of drawing lot.

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