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

I am going to be comparing two short stories. The first story 'The Grave by The Handpost' by Thomas Hardy, which was written in the ninth century; the other story was 'Drunkard Of The River' which was written by Michael Anthony in the twentieth century.

Extracts from this document...


Wide Reading Assignment I am going to be comparing two short stories. The first story 'The Grave by The Handpost' by Thomas Hardy, which was written in the ninth century; the other story was 'Drunkard Of The River' which was written by Michael Anthony in the twentieth century. 'The Grave By The Handpost' is set in a rural area called Wessex in England. The river Ortoire on the Caribbean island of Trinidad sets Michael Anthony's story 'Drunkard Of The River'. 'The Grave By The Handpost' and 'Drunkard Of The River' have some differences, both the stories are written approximately one hundred years apart; but they also have similarities. The father son relationships, both stories are about regretting something, which has happened. Also they both have parts of the story that is in dialect. 'The Grave By The Handpost' is about a man called Sargent Holway, who committed suicide. Sargent Holway committed suicide because he had a son who wanted to become a mechanic in spite of his father's wish for him to follow in his footsteps and join the army. He persuaded his son Luke to go and join the army overseas but as a result of this he had a terrible time. ...read more.


end of the story you do not know exactly what happened to Mano (in fact Sona pushed his father Mano into the river Ortoire). Micheal Anthony does not say what Sona had done to raise more sympathy for Sona and try to make the audience understand why Sona did it. The style which I prefer is the one which Micheal Anthony used because it makes you wonder what could of happened, it makes you understand why Sona did what he did and what frame of mind he was in when he did it. The main characters in 'The Grave By The Handpost' are sergeant Holway and Luke Holway. Sargent Holway is an army veteran; he would like his son Luke to follow in his footsteps and become like him. Luke Holway is the son of sergeant Holway he wants to become a car mechanic but his father forced him to join the army. Luke hated it when he went to join the army overseas; Luke was not really built for the army. The main characters in 'Drunkard Of The River' are Sona and Mano; Sona is a young boy who really hates his father also he don't understand why anyone could like his father especially his mother moreover 'Sona could not see why she bothered about his father at all for Mano was stupid and worthless and made their lives miserable.' ...read more.


Also a key moment in the story is when Luke Holway lived in a little cottage by himself because he was depressed about his father. Luke committed suicide because he wanted to join his father. Luke left a note when he died saying he wanted to be buried at the crossroads beside his father but by the time the note was read his body was buried in the graveyard. This was an important factor because it shows the readers to what depth Luke Holway had sunk to during his depression and it also reveals how he never forgave himself for his father's death. I think the most important events, which happened throughout 'Drunkard Of The River', are when Sona goes to Assing's shop to collect his father but his father Mano gets angry and kicks him in the stomach. This is an important event because it changes the mood of the story and makes Sona's hatred for Mano build up even more inside. Another important event is when Sona and Mano are on the boat going home, but Sona arrives home by himself. When Sona's mother asks where Mano is; Sona starts to panic and runs away. This is also a key event because it shows us that Sona had done something bad and that Sona could have possibly killed his father Mano. By ...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 Son's Veto" is a short story written by Thomas Hardy.

    Some how she needed some affection from someone. She needs to feel wanted again. As time went on she saw her former friend, Sam Hobson. Their renewed friendship made her wonder if she would ever have had a better life with Sam if she married him instead of Mr Twycott.

  2. 'The Son's Veto' written By Thomas Hardy and 'Survival' written By John Wyndham. Compare ...

    This leads to tragic consequences as Alice goes on a killing rampage and eats her victims. The navigating officer has a sexist attitude also towards Alice: 'She ought to be back home knitting' Although he has this attitude towards her, he does think there is more to her character: 'Scared of her own shadow...

  1. two short stories by thomas hardy

    Soon 'he drifted further and further away from her' and the only two people she would talk to, or have any contact with at this point were the two servants of her own house. Randolph gets so embarrassed by his mother's low social status that he merely thinks of how it will affect him instead of thinking about his mother.

  2. How does Hardy show social injustice in the 19th Century in England?

    Hardy deals with the phenomenon of hanging in The Withered Arm. Mrs Lodge has a withered arm and she is willing to go to any lengths to get her arm cured. She is advised by Conjuror Trendle to go to Holmstoke and "...

  1. Comparison of three nineteenth century short stories.

    Women were seen to have no intelligence about anything outside their own house. Gilman decided to write the story to show that women, like the narrator could have vivid imaginations. This is what happens in the case of 'The Yellow Wallpaper' 'There is a recurrent spot where the pattern lolls

  2. “The Withered Arm” by Thomas Hardy and “The Test” by Henry Sleaser are ...

    During the six years Mr. lodge had grown less fond of Gertrude and her arm. Rhoda's son had been accused of arson and was set to be hanged. Coincidently Gertrude had been told that if she rubbed her arm over a freshly hanged mans neck her blood would "turn" and she would be cured.

  1.  Compare the writers Michelle Roberts and Thomas Hardy present mother and child relationships in ...

    The narrator gives an objective view unlike Your Shoes when the mother's view is biased. Roughly The Son's Veto structure goes like this. At the beginning Sophy is with her son Randolph in a park. On the way home the son corrects the mother about her grammar, this triggers a

  2. This essay compares two stories one twentieth century 'A Chip in the Sugar' by ...

    After years of marriage they have a child called Randolph which adds further misery to her life later on she never really adjusts to life as the vicars wife which means being a middle class citizen from a working class background.

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