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

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

Extracts from this document...


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.

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. This essay is about the times and the society of the 19th Century and ...

    'Years younger than he' (Withered Arm). And 'More like 40' (Withered Arm). People of the 19th Century were very religious. They feared God and would not take his name in vain. 'This is an insult to me, my family, my visitors and God Almighty' (Absent Mindedness in a Parish Choir).

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

    The, "ever flowing traffic," and other quotes just shows the repulsive and the disheartening city of London. Hardy approves of smuggling in The Distracted Preacher. Legally smugglers are to be penalized but every one ignores the law in The Distracted Preacher.

  1. How far has the Scottish and international film industry made a significant contribution to ...

    There are views of streets in Ecclefechan, the birthplace of the Scottish Historian Thomas Carlyle. The monument of Sir Walter Scott in Edinburgh is also shown. However there are also views of working men in a city pub, industrial sites and of a Glasgow football crowd The film ends with

  2. Examine again the collection of pre 1914 short stories you have read - Compare ...

    Charles Dickens handles the theme of men and women's relationships differently compared to other writers of the period because he handles it in a comical way and has a woman as the stronger character, this is so surprising because no one had ever done this before and the man was always seen to be stronger than the woman.

  1. Presentation of Marriage in"Tony Kytes the Arch-Deceiver" and "The Half Brothers".

    or commitment only the fact that it was what was expected of a man of his age so he had to find someone. He continually changed his mind and although Milly was his third choice she was the only who would agree so he married her.

  2. The Son's Veto Thomas Hardy

    well have done, by bidding him to wipe crumbly mouth of his.." This shows that Randolph is by no means without his faults. It also reminds us of how old he is. A grown man and maybe even a boy in his late teens would not have hidden cake in his pocket and eaten it secretly.

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