Silas Marner

There is a sharp contrast between Silas and Dunstan though both of them desire gold.Explain.


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Dunstan is nasty and Silas is not. Dunstan does not want to work for his wealth. Instead he schemes and steals even though he comes from a family of wealth. Dunstan has had a "silver spoon" so to speak for his entire life. Silas has worked for his money. He hoards it as a symbol of some kind of security. While Dunstan squanders the money that he gets, Silas lives humbly in order to keep what he makes.