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Comparison Of The Female Characters In The Withered Arm And Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver - Essay

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Comparison Of The Female Characters In The Withered Arm And Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver - Essay I am going to write a comparison of the female characters in The Withered Arm and Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver. The two stories by Thomas Hardy portrays very different moods from each other and the atmosphere from the two are noticeably different. Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver is mainly a hilarious story of an afternoon when Tony was driving home his wagon from the market. From Tony's antics, the three young ladies who he'd tried to cover from each other, all discovered each other's presence later on in the story. The Withered Arm, again written by Thomas Hardy is a more depressing and sympathetic story about loneliness. All the characters in the story had experience loneliness at some point. The consequence of such loneliness is that all the characters suffer. An example of such consequence is that Rhoda usually neglects his son and hardly gave him any reassurance. From her attitude, her son dies emotionally alone at the end of the novel and with it, nobody communicates with Rhoda, even with the recent death of her son. The female characters in 'Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver' seems to have the tendency to follow the male initiatives of Tony, so willing that they even suspend common sense and also suffer some indignity along the way. ...read more.

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From this, we see how she looks up to others as she is physically and mentally unhappy with herself. Even at the end of the story when her son dies, still no one communicates with her, which concludes Rhoda's loneliness. Her loneliness and her negligence had a big impact to her son, whom Thomas Hardy never gave a name for. The boy felt useless and unimportant because of the way his father and mother treated him. His father never gave a thought for him and his mother; Rhoda only used him as if he was a slave. Rhoda's lack of understanding and affection to his son only adds to the misery and the frustration his son has to endure. The novel concludes with the death of the boy, something that can be prevented if only his father and mother took more notice of him. From this, you feel quite sympathetic for him. Though he was innocent, there was no one who could've cared for him. So the boy unfortunately dies a lonely death. Another female character in 'The Withered Arm' is Gertrude. Gertrude is a gentle women and a very shy character, she gets embarrassed and wishes not to become a 'public display'. Gertrude's character at first looked very promising, unlike Rhoda she is pretty, young and happily married to a wealthy farmer named Farmer Lodge. ...read more.

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The differences of the female characters in both stories are fairly obvious. In the Tony Kytes story, women are willing to throw their reputation and dignity by following Tony orders. This makes them quite gullible and in a way lacked common sense and intelligence. In 'The Withered Arm' however, the female's characters tend to be a bit more cautious in keeping their dignity and respect. It's mainly these, which triggers the female character's outcome in the 'Withered Arm'. Though both stories are written by Thomas Hardy, the descriptive language used for both stories are entirely different. While he used some humorous expressions and na�ve comments for the Tony Kytes story, he descriptively portrays the lonely and depressing mood of the place for 'The Withered Arm'. I believe that what Thomas Hardy is trying to achieve is that for his description of each place, it enables the reader to actually picture the mood of the scenery or story in which he successfully does. Even though the two stories are entirely different, the issues from the two stories are very familiar. Both stories portray the difficulty and lack of power females had in those times. Men often had the power to do things that women couldn't do. Thankfully now that our society do accept women as equals to men and therefore, having more rights. But the two stories made by Hardy describes the turbulent times women had to endure in that period and therefore hope people will understand that women in those times were much less fortunate than the women in today's society. ...read more.

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