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

"It is not Fate but the Way People Behave that Controls Events in Thomas Hardy's Writing." To What Extent do you Agree with this Statement? Refer to the Novel and Short Stories you have Read.

Extracts from this document...


"It is not Fate but the Way People Behave that Controls Events in Thomas Hardy's Writing." To What Extent do you Agree with this Statement? Refer to the Novel and Short Stories you have Read. Thomas Hardy lived in the 19th century. He was born in 1840 and died in 1928 at the age of 88. Thomas Hardy wrote many books, and made a series of short stories in 3 volumes. He married his first wife Emma in 1874. He then remarried to Florence Dugdale in 1914, after Emma died in 1912. Thomas Hardy bases a lot of his stories in a fictional area which he calls Wessex. Wessex was actually the areas of Wiltshire, Hampshire, Somerset, Dorset and Devon. He also re-named lots of towns in his stories such as Dorchester to Casterbridge. In England at this time was dominated by the Social classes. In "Tony Kytes, the Arch Deceiver" there is quite a lot of fate, but if fate wasn't involved it would have had a huge impact on this story. ...read more.


He could also not help the fact that he was born into a poor family. He could also not help that he dies...or could he? We don't know whether he could have or not. Other things such as, Rhoda Brook becoming pregnant and not getting married to farmer lodge is nothing they could have helped. But again she could have avoided it by not sleeping with him. And again Gertrude is another victim. She may not have been able to see what was going to happen, but there are times, where again, Rhoda brook could have made a difference. In this story it can be tracked back to either farmer lodge or Rhoda Brook. What characters think about fate in this story isn't too clear. There isn't anything that says what their attitude is. In "Old Mrs. Chundle", the story could, possibly, have been the only story where there are parts of the story that could be put down to fate. In this many there are many coincidences that take place. ...read more.


I think that by the end of this story, Bathsheba thinks that in the words of Tony Kytes, "fate ordained that it should be you and I or nobody." I think that many of the characters in Hardy's stories have been used in lots and lots of different ways. Some are them are there to simply be an object to reach a certain points. He has also used the same template for characters in different stories. Tony Kytes, I think, is very similar to Bathsheba. Apart from the obvious differences of being male and female. Also I think that could be a very rough outline of Rhoda's son. The other thing, is that, the any of the people left alive at the end is almost always one of the perpetrators of what has happened in the entire story. Anyone else is dead. For example, Rhoda's son, Fanny, Farmer Boldwood and Gertrude. Talk about the injustices of the world. Must have been where they get the phrase "Nice guys finish last!" I think that Hardy writes stories as a reminder to himself, that people can make a difference. Maybe Hardy was a nice guy! ...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. Presentation of Marriage in"Tony Kytes the Arch-Deceiver" and "The Half Brothers".

    Helen, the narrator's mother Just by looking at the opening sentence or first five words of the story, we can already see the main theme of marriage in this story. Helen had been married twice, and this would be extremely unusual in the Victorian times. "My mother was twice married."

  2. The Son's Veto Thomas Hardy

    He read Jolil's books "day after day." Even though Jolil knew his father couldn't read English very well "the pretence was kept up." Both of these activities were routine and not exactly practical. Jolil has respect for his father. This respect is not necessarily something he has earned but Jolil feels he owes him.

  1. two short stories by thomas hardy

    improve Sophy's education, to make her more cultured and refined but with little success. Prior to being taught how to speak all over again by your son and husband can be terribly frustrating and degrading and this is how I think Sophy is feeling when she says, 'No.

  2. Essay with reference to the following Thomas Hardy short stories "Tony Kytes: Arch Deceiver", ...

    'Tisn't true that it is all settled between her and me." Tony's way with words is shown once again as he persuades Unity to hide from Milly, but at the same time manages not to anger Unity, he does this by making an excuse that seems plausible.

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

    Hardy tale Absent Mindedness in a Parish Choir shows his ability for comedy. The squire and his band go to sleep during a church service and after waking up think that they are playing for a village dance. Hardy pokes fun on the squire and says, " he was a wickedish man".

  2. Comparison of three nineteenth century short stories.

    just been scratched due to Tony and her father had now appeared on the scene. Tony then asks Unity to marry him, but she too refuses because she does not want to be embarrassed by what Tony had just done to her.

  1. "Reading Thomas Hardy's 'The Withered Arm' transports you back to England at the turn ...

    I agree with the statement that reading "The Withered Arm" transports you back to rural England at the turn of the 20th Century. When Hardy was born in 1840, Wessex was very deep country and was cut off from almost all other parts of England.

  2. Hardy describes Wessex as "real" but also as "half dream". Explain the importance of ...

    Her 'protruding bone' disintegrates her strong beliefs where vanity and superficiality takes over herself and everything around it including her marriage with Farmer Lodge. This story is set in a backward society where witchcraft is the answer for anything, because in the countryside the people get very attached and intensify traditions.

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