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In The Going and Your Last Drive Hardy tries to portray the effects loss has on the one left behind.

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The sudden loss of a loved one can reveal that a seemingly intimate, idyllic relationship can in fact be complex, distant and lifeless. Thomas Hardy attempts to portray this idea in his works "The Going" and "Your Last Drive". In "The Going" Hardy illustrates that a feeling of wistful, nostalgic regret results from concentrating on the negative aspects of lost relationships. In "Your Last Drive" however he indicates that although there may be no afterlife, the dead live on in our memories and through imaginative recreation. Hardy manages to depict these concepts through his intricate control of language. Sudden, unexpected loss can leave one grief stricken, isolated and melancholic. A sense of frustration and blame is created by Hardy in the first stanza of "The Going". Hardy questions his lost loved one asking "why did you give no hint" that she was about to pass away. Angry that she didn't alert him to her imminent death, Hardy harshly blames her using the adverb "why". ...read more.

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He describes how his wife ("the swan-necked one") would "muse and eye" him. The verb "muse" shows that Hardy was captivated by her youth and beauty. In the fifth stanza, in contrast to the previous, Hardy turns to the negatives in their marriage, wondering why they didn't revive the original joys. Hardy asks "why...did we not speak", illustrating their neglect. Hardy wonders why they didn't remember "those days long dead". The adjective "dead" suggests that the initial happiness of the start of the relationship didn't continue. However, it could also portray how the marriage was almost lifeless and empty due to their disregard and mistreatment. Hardy regrets that he and his wife didn't "seek to strive that time's renewal". This shows that they didn't attempt to revive their initial feelings or rekindle their romance. Emotionally struggling in the last stanza, Hardy can't get over his grief. He states how "all's past amend", illustrating his inability to repair his relationship with his wife due to her passing. ...read more.

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Hardy uses the speech of the deceased to bring back the lost person's voice, creating intimacy and complexity. The loved one says how "I shall not know" emphasising the ignorance of the dead. In the last stanza Hardy agrees with the "dear ghost" stating that "never you'll know". This inversion emphasises that "never" will the dead be alert to the livings problems. The last line of the poem is full of juxtaposition with Hardy saying "you are past love, praise, indifference, blame". This emphasises the tension and conflict in complex relationships. Hardy is unsure of how to remember his wife now that she has passed away; whether to remember the positives or negatives of their marriage. At the sudden conclusion of an intimate, complex relationship, confusion and reminiscence reign. Hardy attempts to show the complexity and tension in relationships that once seemed intimate and idyllic. In "The Going" and "Your Last Drive" Hardy tries to portray the effects loss has on the one left behind. He shows that one is left frustrated, grieving and lifeless after the loss of those closest to them. Words: 1,097 ?? ?? ?? ?? Angus Frew ...read more.

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