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Comparing “The Winters and the Pamleys” by Thomas Hardy and “The Darkness out There” by Penelope Lively.

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Wider Reading Essay In this essay I will be comparing "The Winters and the Pamleys" by Thomas Hardy and "The Darkness out There" by Penelope Lively. These were written 100 years apart, however, they are very similar, both showing that revenge is a very nasty thing. In the Winters and the Pamleys there are two woman who are at "daggers drawn" because of each others looks. Mrs Winter stole Mrs Pamleys lover and marred him. Mrs Pamley got marred and had a son but the husband died and she became poor. Mrs Winter took on the son as an errand boy but she sent him out one night he was shocked and died of shock. Mrs Pamley accused her of killing her son. Mrs Pamleys niece came to stay, her name was Harriet. Mrs Winters son Jack fell instantly in love with her. Jack went off to find work and wrote to Harriet but she did not like his handwriting and called off the wedding, she even said she would show every one what he had written. ...read more.


The chatty style is good because it is like gossip and everyone wants to know about gossip. In "The Darkness Out There" it starts as a peaceful story, which gives the impression, that the story is peaceful. It feels as if we are dreaming "She walked though flowers." This is calm the story then tells us how people are judged like Sandra judges Kerry by his acne then when Mrs Rutter was so nice and then she told how she left a man to die in great pain. The writer has made us make decisions judging people by first appearance she made us judge Mrs Rutter as a nice old woman but it turned out she had a dark side. Mrs Rutter is motivated by revenge for her husbands death and takes it out on an innocent German boy who probably went though more pain than her husband. She said " I have sympathy with young people" but clearly she doesn't. Mrs Pamley had her lover taken away and then her son dies and Mrs Pamley is left with nothing so when ...read more.


The difference between Harriet and Sandra is that by the end of the story Sandra has changed her views when Harriet has not. Society has changed like war propaganda made the British people back the government in the war, that's one of the reasons why Mrs Rutter left the German boy to die. We don't judge people on their hand writing any more because it is not important, nowadays the use of computers has changed that. Jack would have got a fair trial and would not be executed for stealing some money. But one thing has not changed Human nature, if some thing goes wrong we will always want to blame some one else. Yes I agree that human nature has not really changed because of revenge "The darkness was out there and it was a part of you and you would never be with out it, ever." But society has changed a lot we don't judge people the way we used to. I preferred the Winters and the Pamleys because it was the way it was written. I liked about it the chatty form as if it was a television soap but written down which I thought was very clever. ...read more.

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