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In your opinion, who is most to blame for the outcome in “On the Western Circuit”?

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  • Submitted: 11/07/2002
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AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics

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Dani White 11/4 January 2001

In your opinion, who is most to blame for the outcome in "On the Western Circuit"?

On the Western Circuit was published in 1984. It was written by Thomas Hardy who was known as one of the greatest novelist in the English language. He was born in 1839 and died in 1928. On the Western Circuit was taken from a collection of Thomas Hardy's novels called 'Life's Little Ironies'. A lot of Thomas Hardy's novels were viewed as negative and it would seem he had a pessimistic view on life. He thought it was impossible to find true happiness. Thomas Hardy wrote his novels in the Victorian era. At this point there were a lot of double standards and women were extremely repressed by men and society. Thomas Hardy was a realist and aware of the challenges and pressures faced by women. They had limited education, limited wealth and limited power. Society only had real respect for those women married and in a secure relationship. Hardy disagreed with Victorian values and was conscious of the difficulties society caused. In this particular novel there are themes of deception, powerless women, education, blame, Victorian values

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