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Discuss the similarities and differences that exist between 'Growing up' by Joyce Cary and 'The Son's Veto' by Thomas Hardy.

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Discuss the similarities and differences that exist between 'Growing up' by Joyce Cary and 'The Son's Veto' by Thomas Hardy. 'Growing up' by Joyce Cary and 'The Son's Veto' by Thomas Hardy have two very different story lines. The first difference that I noticed was that they were written in two very different times. 'The Son's Veto' was written in 1901 and 'Growing up' is quite a modern contrast as it was written in the later half of the 20th century. One of the main differences is the language that is used in the two texts. 'The Son's Veto' has a Victorian style of language which is sometimes quite hard to read and understand whereas 'Growing up' is quite easy to read as the author uses more modern and up to date language. In 'The Son's Veto' Thomas Hardy decided to use testing vocabulary and write very long sentences. For instance "She told him the particulars of the late event, and they stood silent, these two young people, in that elevated, calmly philosophic mind which is engendered when a tragedy has happened close to hand, and has not happened to the philosophers themselves." Some words used in this story are not used today and people have edited the story and made some complicated words in bold with their modern definition in the margin. I think that this story was definitely written for the more intellectual reader. Although 'Growing up' is not hard to read, Joyce Cary sometimes writes quite long and descriptive sentences. For instance "It had come to seem, for him, a triumph of imagination: and this afternoon, once more, he found it charming in its wilderness, an original master piece among gardens." ...read more.

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The resolution that Quick decided to go by was to keep his emotions inside and go to the club. Sophy on the other hand, keeps her emotions to herself until a major feature appears like when Sam asks her to marry him again. Because the circumstances are so different, they may have acted in different ways if the circumstances where switched around. The situation in 'The Sons Veto' is much more important than the situation that Quick is in. the decision that Sophy makes could change her life. If she accepts his hand, she would be with the one she loves but will loose her son, who to Sophy is her life. If she declines the offer of marriage, she would be with Randolph but forever long for the only person she has ever had feelings for. I don't think that Sophy realises how ungrateful and un-loving Randolph is to her. This technique could be used as dramatic irony. The readers would know that Randolph does not think of her as a mother, only a carer, and they would know that the best thing to do would be to marry Sam and be happy for the rest of her life. Although the situation that Quick is in is not as significant, 'Growing up' does have sinister tones that appear in the afternoon that the story was set in. Quick arrived home to his family to find his children left alone with a simple note from the wife. The children acted very differently from their usual selves. Quick would have been very surprised to be greeted with rudeness and violence from his own children. ...read more.

Conclusion

I still think that they were only playing with their dog and then their father. I think children will be children and sometimes they show off and change moods quickly. I don't think that they actually wanted to hurt their father, they just went a bit far. As for Randolph, I think that he is very selfish, rude and quite immature. He doesn't care about anyone but himself and his reputation. I think that Thomas Hardy is a superb writer in the way that he makes readers feel this way about a fictional character. Being a child myself, I know that the way Randolph acted when his mother asked him about Sam was very childish and he acted in a very spoilt way. I also know that Kate and Jenny did go over the top when they were playing in the garden. They are growing up and Robert Quick just has to live with it. I don't think that Quick is a bad parent for expecting love from his children but I don't think he realises that they do change moods and they may be growing up. I also don't think that Sophy Twycott is a bad parent for wanting to spend her life with someone she loves. If anything, Randolph is the bad person in the family. If he cant realise that Sophy is alone all day and all night with no one to talk to apart from when he comes back on holiday, then he is a very selfish boy. He should realise that all his mother wants to do is be with someone she loves, in the class that she belongs in and in place where she wants to be. ...read more.

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