George Eliot's Humans and Animals

Title

George Eliot's Humans and Animals

Description

In the first paragraph of Silas Marner (1861) the shepherd’s dog barks fiercely when
a linen weaver appears ‘on the upland, dark against the early winter sunset’ (3). The
scene encapsulates aspects of the animal/human relationship: the shepherd has his
trusted working dog; that dog barks at unfamiliar figures in the dusk; the narrator
brings the reader into a community that knows about dogs by asking: ‘for what dog
likes a figure bent under a heavy bag?’ (3).

Creator

Nancy Henry

Source

Henry, Nancy. "George Eliot's Humans and Animals." George Eliot Review, vol. 51, 2020, pp. 41-54. George Eliot Review Online, https://GeorgeEliotReview.org

Publisher

George Eliot Review Online, https://GeorgeEliotReview.org

Date

2020

Rights

CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Author

Nancy Henry

Document Viewer

Citation

Nancy Henry, “George Eliot's Humans and Animals,” George Eliot Review Online, accessed November 28, 2020, https://georgeeliotreview.org/items/show/946.