Silas Marner Characters

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Silas Marner Characters

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As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. With character mapping, it’s easy for students to follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

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Silas Marner Characters

Silas MarnerThe main protagonist, he is expelled from the Town of Lantern Yard after being falsely accused of theft. He moves to Raveloe and starts a new life where his only friends are the faces of the gold coins he hoards from his job as a weaver. He lives as a reclusive hermit and has no friends, until one day Dunstan Cass steals his money and the town rallies around Silas. After the second largest tragedy in his life, he soon adopts a small child, whom he names Eppie.
Godfrey CassSon of the wealthy Squire Cass and oldest brother in the Cass family. He is blackmailed by his younger brother and has a secret marriage to Molly Farren (a drug addict). However, he is in love with Nancy Lammeter.
Dunstan CassThe middle child of the Cass family. Dunsty, as he is called, is a conniving, gambling, blackmailer who swindles and lies his way through life. He steals Silas’s money and is later found dead.
Squire CassThe richest man in Raveloe, known for having lavish house parties.
MollyGodfrey’s secret wife, whom he hides in a nearby town. She has a child who is neglected, mostly because of Molly’s addiction to opium.
Nancy LammeterA well-to-do lady in the town of Raveloe who marries Godfrey after Molly’s death. She is unable to have children.
Dolly WinthropA hardworking woman in Raveloe who eventually becomes Silas’ best friend and godmother to Eppie.
Aaron WinthropDolly’s son and Eppie’s future husband. He works as a gardener for the Cass family.
SarahSilas’ fiancée in Lantern Yard.
William DaneSilas' best friend in Lantern Yard, who frames Silas for theft and steals Sarah from him.


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Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in Silas Marner and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character from the "1600s to 1800s" tab to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for Physical Description, Characteristics, and Major Events.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.
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