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An Insight into literary - Thomas Hardy - Tony kytes, Arch Deceiver and The Withered Arm

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An Insight into literaryCookie: ASP, Thomas Hardy - 'Tony kytes, Arch Deceiver' and 'The Withered Arm' At the beginning of the 19th Century, Thomas Hardy, now seen as a master of literature, wrote a series of short stories designed to appeal to the general audience at the time, giving accounts about country life in the community of 'Wessex' (Hampshire, Dorset and Devon). These stories can be viewed today with a quiet distaste, if not because of Hardy's style, which although fairly lightweight, is eminently readable, but rather the content of the pieces. The country environment which, almost two hundred years ago, formed the scene where Hardy wrote these pieces, was not quite so enlightened as many women would like to believe today's society is, and Hardy discusses the expectations and beliefs of the close-knit community without a hint of the necessary political correctness needed today. Women in the 1820's were not considered equals, and Hardy goes quite some way to explaining many grievances that women around the turn of the century fought against. ...read more.

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In all cases, the women's personality is portrayed in the most parts to help the reader of the piece to ascertain the availability of the various women, and how "offering" their mood is towards the men, an example being "Can you say I'm not pretty: no-cacheAccept: image/x-xpm, image/x-ico, image/gif, image/x-krl, image/x-bmp, image/x-eps, image/png, image/tiff, image/jpeg, image/x-pnm, image/x-xbm, image/fax-g3Accept-Encoding: x-gzip; q=1.0, gzip; q=1.0, identityAccept-Charset: iso-8859-1;q=1.0, *;q=0.9, utf-8;q=0.8Accept-Language: en_GB, enHost: www.makefriendsonline.comCookie: ASPSESSIONIDQQGQQVCU=EIOLJJMDBNIFLLGEIFFEOHDK; ASPSESSIONIDGGQQGVCK=CIHJPLMDKFMLCMKNNMOFMCIJ; referrer=stored_; advert=1826739678`__��\p_P���__E__�mu@_?_x2Page. Rhoda Brook in The Withered Arm is also portrayed as shallow, sending her son to discover "If she's dark or fair, as tall as I." This sentence shows the values that Rhoda sees as vitally important, with her height being seen as advantageous, while Gertrude Lodge's complexion being of interest merely to ascertain if she is truly competition, the quote following much of 18th C society's understanding of women, based almost alone on their looks. Hardy describes Rhoda herself in a similar vein, "dark eyes that had once been handsome." ...read more.

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