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"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.

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"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.

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