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 Compare the writers Michelle Roberts and Thomas Hardy present mother and child relationships in the stories “Your Shoes” and “The Son’s Veto”.

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Compare the writers Michelle Roberts and Thomas Hardy present mother and child relationships in the stories "Your Shoes" and "The Son's Veto". I will be contrasting two stories, which were written to highlight issues about communication in relationships and social status. The two stories are The Son's Veto, which was written by Thomas Hardy in 1891. The title The Son's Veto means a strong negative vow, which was made by the son. The other story is Your Shoes written by Michelle Roberts in the 1990's, and the title means how the mother symbolises the daughter through her shoes. Although the two stories are written at completely different times there are still a lot of similarities and comparisons, which can be drawn up between the problems in a mother and child relationship. The story line in Your Shoes is about a mother and her daughter has run away, leaving the mother in the situation of having a mental breakdown, the mother then starts to think about her life and why the relationship between her and her daughter has never worked out. The plot in The Son's Veto is the life story about a woman called Sophy, which is the main character. She marries a man, which of a higher social status. Ironically when her son grows up he had a very aristocratic upraising and sees the difference between their classes, and is embarrassed of her presence amongst his rich friends. Both stories have been written with a large chunk involving the characters past. The structure of Your Shoes is not in correct chronological order, but the writer has done this for a reason. The writer has explained about the past of the characters lives so the reader can link the past to the present and acknowledge why the situation is happening. ...read more.


This type of attitude from the mother may have provoked the daughter to rebel and try to act more grown up by smoking and having sex. The writer has shown both sides of the situation by explaining the past of the characters lives. The writer achieves the readers feeling of sympathy for the daughter because of how the mother treated her. In The Son's Veto the difficulties in the relationship between the mother and son relationship is that the social gap between the relationship is too wide and the fact the mother isn't educated enough "on the use of was and were, which did not beget a respect for her". Sophy must have been an outcast in these middle class gatherings because of her speech. Now days many people do not speak correct grammar but they are not discriminated by it. It shows that your family background and your education judged your status. But bearing in mind that Sophy could of avoided this even though she had an accident she could of got a job as a seamstress "and she had an aunt a seamstress". It is quite ironic that at the end of her life she spends most of her time braiding her hair "It was almost the only accomplishment she could boast of" she could be making money for doing the same thing and not having to cope with a pig ignorant son. This shows that woman didn't really have the place to refuse to man of a higher status for her hand in marriage. The writer makes you feel sorry for Sophy, through out the story he has achieved this by the narrators description of her, her character, the way her son has treated her unfairly, and she is crippled. ...read more.


But Randolph wanted to obliterate his mother from his life. We also see that the daughter got along with other members in her family "She loved you more than she loved me" the mother is quite envious that the granddaughter gets on more with the grandmother than the actual daughter. But Randolph doesn't mention visiting any other members of his family from either side. He is probably still ashamed of his father's mistake of marrying the mother. For the mother to admit that she feels a stranger to her son "that he is not mine" is quite a thing to say. When the mother in Your Shoes still is affectionate "Let me hold you while you cry" she still loves her and wants her to be a baby and give the attention where it was needed. What the writer is trying to say in Your Shoes is communication is important to maintain a good relationship in the household. Also that both parents should help to raise a kid. Personally I think that the daughter should of have at least talked to some one not necessarily her family but maybe friends (the right type of friends). The issues in The son's Veto are not relevant to today's society seeing as there is not such a big social gap and woman are independent now, but it shows being arrogant is not how a person should be if they want to get on in this world. Despite societies growing ability to discuss sensitive issues and provide information on the television and on the Internet. Yet the teenage pregnancies rates still increasing, and there are more divorce rates. Is the root of the problem we have capitalist based thoughts or are there other reasons? To me communication does not look like a satisfying answer and in the future we will see if these solutions contradict themselves. ...read more.

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