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Discuss how Thomas Hardy presents concerns about marriage in the three short stories; "The Withered Arm", "The Son's Veto" and "Tony Cytes the Arch Deceiver."

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Discuss how Thomas Hardy presents concerns about marriage in the three short stories; "The Withered Arm", "The Son's Veto" and "Tony Cytes the Arch Deceiver." These three short stories are quite similar in the way that all three of them present problems about marriage and relationships. In the "Withered Arm", a woman has to watch her ex-husband live with another woman. She keeps sending her son to their house to find out if his new wife is prettier than her. Basically, she is very jealous of her. In the "Son' Veto" a woman, called Sophy, loves a man, called Sam, and then later, she marries a man called Tycott. They move to London, have a son, and then she meets Sam again. These meetings are frequent, and the son doesn't want Sam as his father. Later in the story, Sophy dies. In "Tony Cytes", Tony picks up a woman called Unity. Then, with her in the back of his wagon, he meets his fianc� Milly, and Unity has to hide under the tarpaulin at the back of the wagon. ...read more.

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The reasons for this is that at the beginning of the story, she meets a boy called Sam and he likes her a lot. But then later in the story, she moves to London and gets married to a man called Tyncott. This is fine for Sophy because at this point her relationship and her life are going perfectly, and they have a son, the perfect life. But later on in the story, she meets Sam again and this is where things are turned upside down. She remembers what good times they used to have together and they start seeing each other quite frequently. Tyncott doesn't like this and his relationship with Sophy hits a rough patch. The problem with Sam and Sophy having any form of relationship together apart from the fact that Sophy is married is that Sophy's son doesn't want Sam as his father. But later on in the story, Sophy dies. So the problems with marriage in this story are that Sophy likes two men and jealousy is shown by Tyncott. ...read more.

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So in conclusion, Thomas Hardy presents concerns about marriage and relationships in the three stories by putting the main character in a situation by which there is always going to be a problem. Then, the main character goes about this problem totally the wrong way. The first is jealousy of your ex having a new partner. The thing to do is to talk with your ex but in the story, she does the wrong thing and sends her son to spy on him. The second problem is liking another person as well as your husband/wife. The wrong thing is done again in the story because Sophy goes off with Sam instead of talking with Tyncott first. The final problem in the last story is that Tony has two other girls that like him and he knows. What he needed to do was tell them that he's engaged and to tell his fianc� that he has other girls after him. He shouldn't have kept it a secret because they all found out from each other in the end and something bad would have probably happened but the story ended. Simon Hallett 11G 28/04/2007 1 ...read more.

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