Silas Marner

What was Godfrey's attitude about his father's method of raising childrens?

why he thought that way?

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When Godfrey confronts his father in chapter 9, we get the sense of the animosity he has for his father as a parent. There are no courtesies in conversation, no shared meal times. The Squire is wholly absorbed in his own life and his own petty grievances. His appearance is slovenly and disgusting, made more so by his haughty comportment. He treats his children more like tenants than like family, to be dismissed or ordered about or evicted. All of this, Eliot suggests, comes from lacking a nurturing mother figure.The Squire, for his part, is equally responsible for Godfrey's miserable character. He is utterly unaware of his own foolishness, subscribing instead to the belief that folly is a monopoly of the young.