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In what way does Hardy give his reader a picture of life in the 19th Century?

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In what way does Hardy give his reader a picture of life in the 19th Century? After reading both Thomas Hardy stories I have realized that he goes into great detail about the characters. He mainly describes their social standings, and class predigest more than anything else. He talks about where women's place is in society and how they have a lack of independence. He also mentions class boundaries and traditions. Morality plays a major part in both stories how a single mother would be frowned upon at that time. Another thing he mentions is justice. In the 19th century if someone had done wrong, they would be hung. This in thought as immoral now days. ...read more.


The man she is in love with is in a lower class than her. Another reason she does not marry Sam is because her son Randolph, who was sent too private school and brought up in a high class society, does not want his step-father to be in a much lower class than his mother and him. It was said that the priest who married Sophy was said to commit social suicide because he married his maid who was in a lower class to him. " Mr Twycott knew perfectly well he had committed social suicide by this step, despite Sophy's spotless character, and he had taken his measures accordingly. An exchange of livings had been arranged with an acquaintance who was incumbent of a church in the south of London" Also in the withered arm Rhoda was a single mother. ...read more.


This is a remedy which has no medical proof that it works. " I want to touch him for a charm, a cure of an affliction, by the advice of a man who has proved the virtue of the remedy." Also the justice in the 19th century is a lot different. When someone committed a crime such as theft, arsonist and rape in the 19th century, they would be hung to be made an example of. When a person was to be hung, nearby villages would flock to see. It was like a public occasion. The rope which was use for the hanging was sold as memorabilia. Thomas hardy also paints a picture of the 19th century in his books by using language from the 19th century. The sense of structure is a lot different in his books to more recent books . ...read more.

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