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Comparing 19th and 20th Centaury Short Stories - Son's Veto and growing up.

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COMPARING 19TH AND 20TH CENTAURY SHORT STORIES SON'S VETO AND GROWING UP There are many differences between the 19th century (Son's Veto) and the 20th centaury (Growing Up) story. The lifestyles in the story vary, the characters roles in society are vastly different. Also, the styles of writing used in the two pieces differ on some important aspects. Son's Veto is a much more complicated story than Growing Up. It has longer, more advanced metaphors, furthermore, the order in which the story is told is not a straight forward chronological story like Growing Up is, but it jumps between decades and reveals the meaning of the story in a far more profound manner. They both deal however with child/parent conflict and the helplessness a parent feels when turned upon by their own child Religion forms an important aspect of Son's Veto. Both Mr Twycott and his Son were fully ordained vicars of the Church of England, but unfortunately Randolph's religious beliefs have been tainted by the so-called education he received from the best schools in England. Sophy grew up in the country and therefore presumably had a traditional upbringing, taught to respect the church and to be a good God-fearing girl, she also worked in the vicarage for a time which shows she had a strong relationship with God and was willing to serve him. We already know that Sophie has great respect for God, for when the vicar asked for her hand in marriage, she was far to awed at being ...read more.

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There was no financial aspect of her life to car for as her late husband had taken care of that long ago in the event of his death. Randolph had his life planned out so did not need his mothers advice. This type of incarceration wouldn't be understood today but then back then it was how things were always done. A woman should be seen and not heard was the attitude of the day. They were simply not seen as equals. The only reason one notices the role and status of women in Growing Up is the stark contrast to that in Son's Veto. Mrs. Quick has simply left a note to Robert Quick to tell him that she was out and that she would be back at four. This shows an independence from the household which simply did not exist nor, more than likely, could have been comprehended 100 years ago in the time of Son's Veto. Also the statement which Mrs. Quick made about men messing around shows how the perceived roll of women in the world and their control has changed drastically since the time of Hardy, "all you children...while we run the world", this kind of thinking from anyone, especially a woman, in the 19th Centaury would of caused outrage. There are also mentions of Mrs. Quick being a member of several committees, the parish and generally living a wholes personal life independent of her husband. ...read more.

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This story is of just one afternoon which gives us a snippet of their lives, a window into someone's trouble. The main aspect both of these stories deal with however is conflict between child and parent, and the helplessness felt by the parent in the situation. Despite this the attack by the offspring is very different in the stories. Son's Veto contains a story of a mental attack, a son forcing his mother to obey his wishes and not to marry a man he had deemed unworthy. Growing Up deals with an actual physical attack on a father by his two daughters. In Son's Veto Sophy, the mother, finds herself helpless against her son's onslaught for she knows that if she acts against his wishes it will harm him socially and she is desperate to protect him, as all mothers are of the children. She sacrifices her own life so that he may live his as he wishes, once again a very motherly act. Even when he is destroying her happiness, she still loves him and would do nothing to harm him. Robert Quick in Growing Up deals with the same problem. He is in very great danger of being seriously harmed, possibly even killed, but he does nothing violent towards his daughters for fear of injuring them. His paternal instincts override his survival ones and he knows he must take it. Even when he is in so much danger he is thinking of his daughters well being more than he is thinking of his own. Sam Badger 11E ...read more.

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