• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Comparing The Two Stories “The Withered Arm” And “An Imaginative Woman”, Both By Thomas Hardy

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

David Pearce Comparing The Two Stories "The Withered Arm" And "An Imaginative Woman", Both By Thomas Hardy I will be examining two novelettes by a single author, Thomas Hardy. "The Withered Arm" and "An Imaginative Woman". I will be highlighting the similarities and differences between them. Additionally I will be analyzing the content of each. The first thing we notice about the two stories is that they are both written in third person narrative. Another thing we notice about the style of writing in both is that it is very old fashioned, which tells us these novelettes must have been written some time in the 19th century. The main characters in both stories are women. In "The Withered Arm" Gertrude is the main character, and in "An Imaginative Woman" Ella is the main character. The main themes in both stories are fate and irony. This makes both stories very tragic, which intrigues the reader. This is why Thomas Hardy has chosen to write in this style. Although the two stories are set around the same time, they are set in different regions. "An Imaginative Woman" is set in an urban environment and "The Withered Arm" is set in a more rural area. This shows us that Thomas Hardy does make variations in his writing. Capital punishment plays a major part in "The Withered Arm", as Gertrude must place her damaged arm on the neck of a hung criminal, to cure it. ...read more.

Middle

Thomas Hardy describes the scene when Ella first lays eyes on Robert very passionately: As she gazed long at the portrait she fell into thought, till her eyes filled with tears, and she touched the cardboard with her lips. Page 13. Although Ella seems happy here, her mood changes considerable after she discovers he committed suicide, and she begins to think she may dies of depression. Thoams Hardy explains: Her grief and distraction shook her to pieces, and she lay in this frenzy of sorrow for more than an hour. Page 21. Betrayal plays an important part in both stories. In "The Withered Arm", Farmer Lodge has betrayed his son. He has chosen to ignore him because he was the result of an affair with Rhoda Brook. He also ignores him because he is illegitimate, and an outcast. this is what he tells Gertrude when she asks him if they could give him a lift: O no, these country lads will carry a hundredweight once they get It on their backs; besides his pack had more size then weight in it. Page 5. From what he says, it is clear that he wants nothing to do with him. Not only does Ella lie to her husband in "An Imaginative Woman", but she betrays him as well. Not only it is clear she does not love her husband, but she is also in love with another man. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is also known as neglect. In "An Imaginative Woman" Ella has neglected her husband, as she has been more interested in Robert Trewe. Finally, both stories contain the theme of death. In "An Imaginative Woman" two people die, both quite tragically. Robert Trewe dies by suicide, this is what a newspaper says about his death: Mr. Robert Trewe, who has been favorable known for some years as one of our rising lyrists, committed suicide at his lodgings at the SolentSea On Saturday by shooting himself in the right temple. Page 20. Ella dies as well, during childbirth. This is what Thomas Hardy says: She could get no further then for exhaustion: and she went off in a sudden collapse a few hours later. Page 25. In "The Withered Arm" two people dies as well. Rhoda's son dies by being hanged for a crime. Gertrude dies as well, this is how Thomas Hardy explains it: She was taken out of jail into the town, but she never reached home alive her delicate vitality, sapped perhaps by the paralyzed arm, collapsed under the double shock that followed the severe strain, physical and mental, to which she had subjected herself during the previous twenty four hours. Her blood had been "tuned" indeed - to far her death took place in the town three days after. Page 32. Again, these two deaths are very tragic, like in "An Imaginative Woman". ?? ?? ?? ?? 7 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Thomas Hardy section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Thomas Hardy essays

  1. The Withered Arm

    For example, when he describes the boy's neck, after he's been hanged as: "the colour of an unripe black-berry" this gives the reader an instant horrific image of the neck being badly bruised, swollen and still warm where the rope had been so tight around the boy's neck.

  2. In this assignment we will be comparing the leading female characters in Thomas Hardy's ...

    Hilda and Rhoda both seem very alike in their appearances. In each of the descriptions, the writers use many different adjectives to help us envision the women such as 'beautiful', 'comely' and 'handsome'. They do not, however just put in a description on its own.

  1. Wider reading Course Work - “The Woman in Black” and “The Withered arm.”

    After eventually being reunited with her son he tragically died just before she was planning to take him away for good. Devastated by the death of her son, Jennet suffered from a frightful wasting disease; " She died eventually, died in hatred and anger."

  2. Prose Study " The Withered Arm And Other Wessex Tales" By Thomas Hardy

    gave "a small annuity to Rhoda Brook" and "bequeathed the whole of his not inconsiderable property to a reformatory for boys." Farmer Lodge died with a guilt that he was never rid of. A similar short story by Hardy that we have studied is " The Son's Veto".

  1. Thomas Hardy writes about the divisions between the upper and lower classes within three ...

    of bells for the wretchedest one-tongued clangour that ever tortured mortal ears." Even though Mr Twycott had caused endless shame upon himself he still married Sophy because he loved her and he found that this was more important to him.

  2. This essay is aimed at discussing the differences between two short stories, called 'The ...

    When Farmer Lodge moved into the town with his new wife, Gertrude Lodge, Rhoda was jealous as Gertrude had "hair of a lightish tint and her face as comely as a live dolls."

  1. THE WITHERED ARM

    The likely story is this: Rhoda, resentment gnawing at her in finding herself passed over for a younger, prettier woman, broods for days about Lodge's new bride. Frustrated and incensed with humiliation by all the talk in the milking shed, she goes to bed and falls asleep from sheer exhaustion, after a late night sitting by the fire.

  2. Compare and contrast the main female characters in 'The Withered Arm' and 'Turned'. You ...

    These attitudes made Rhoda a depressed and subdued woman. The reason for this was that had her son with a farmer out of wedlock. Farmer Lodge, the father of Rhoda's child then marries a young female named Gertrude. Rhoda is instantly envious of Gertrude because she is a young, pretty,

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work