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Comments on how Thomas Hardy uses verbs of action and speech to convey that Lizzy is spirited and in control.

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Comments on how Thomas Hardy uses verbs of action and speech to convey that Lizzy is spirited and in control. Rosa Cadman L5L Thomas Hardy 's 'Distracted preacher' uses a variety of language techniques to convey the ideas behind action as well as showing how Lizzy is both spirited and in control of many of her actions through out the novel. Verbs of action are used in many novels to express the movement and emotion of a certain characters or themes, which bring to the novel an added perspective of the story and help indulge the reader, these can be seen in Hardy's 'Distracted Preacher'. ...read more.

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Silence in this quote is also an important factor in showing control, it comes directly after Lizzy has given an instruction to show how once Lizzy has decided that the conversation is over, it is over. The silence shows she is almost in control of the atmosphere of the house also. Lizzy obviously both enjoys, and is more used to being in control than being controlled herself by someone, quote ' ". ..and you must go at once around to where the chaps are waiting, and tell them they will not be wanted till tomorrow..." ' this shows that not only is Lizzy in control of herself in the manner that she speaks, but that she is ordering a man (someone of whom other women of Hardy have been inferior to) ...read more.

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The thought to her of other people joining in is welcome and when Stockdale wishes to accompany her she agrees willingly telling him "I am sure you will enjoy it!" Hardy makes sure that she is conveyed not just as the controlling and independent woman but also as the dynamic, intriguing lady that Stockdale has so obviously fallen in love with. Whenever Lizzy speaks of her smuggling it is never with sorrow, but with great joy, and she even says, " ...life would be so dull if it wasn't for that, that I should not care to live at all!" Hardy's use of language to portray Lizzy more vividly by the use of action verbs and her strong willed speech shows the reader what a strong, spirited and mysterious woman Mrs Newberry is. Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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