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Prose study - Thomas Hardy

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Prose study - Thomas Hardy Thomas Hardy, when paid a lot of attention too, seems to be very sympathetic to women and their lack of rights. Being born in the 18th Century, he was brought up in a society of which looked poorly on the status and role of women and their rights. He was famously known as the 'Guest master of description'. Apart from bringing literature that involved women and proved valid points on issues in society. His story's often used bleak and pointless context in Novels and were usually set in the countryside. Take for instance 'Tony Kytes, the Arch Deceiver'. He begins the story with a memory, which Hardy used great detail in. Tony is described as a boy with a 'round', 'small pox infected' face. Which still appeared attractive to women. Maybe he used this contradiction, to show how vulnerable or in-particular women were. 'He was quite the women's favourite' In the story Tony has 3 peculiar relationships, with three different women. Hardy could have been trying to illustrate how men were 'selfish' and/or 'greedy'. ...read more.

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But the 'Arch Deceiver', is not the only story that makes this point. We can take 'Old Mrs. Chundle' for instance. It shows how men lack respect or disregard women, no matter what age. Even someone with a highly respected status. (Not to mention religious). A man seeks a village, in which he wants to become the Vicar. On the way he meets an intrigingly old lady, who, without any hesitation, made him lunch, out of her kindness. (And maybe loneliness). She, conveniently, is a member of the Church/parish and he finds out she isn't really a member but an enthusiastic local. He finds time to revisit her and asks her why she lied. She explains she is partially deaf. At this stage, the audience can pick up that the man has a sensitive and caring side. He kindly sets a contraption for her, to enable her to hear, but he fails. So the Mrs. Chundle is forced to buy an expensive 'bell mouth' contraption. But his patience runs out, and he comically, can't stand her 'onion and pickle' breath. ...read more.

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Over time all the doctors failed to cure the arm and it seemed to get worse and worse by now Lodges interest in Gertrude had begun to fade. The more Gertrude's arm withered the more Farmer Lodges interests in her withered. But this somehow brings Rhoda closer, and Gertrude in a way craves this sympathy and attention that she lacks from her Husband. There was only one other option for Gertrude and that was the supernatural one. The other milkers had directed Gertrude at Rhoda to take her to a wizard called Trendle, at first Gertrude ignored this option but in the end she became too desperate and would try anything. She turns to Rhoda to take her to see Trendle; much to her dismay. Rhoda fears for the loss of a good friendship. We see that Rhoda almost dreads meeting Gertrude again, when Gertrude suggests the visit to Trendle, we see how Rhoda reluctantly agrees to go, and how she dreads Trendle informing young Gertrude about the true cause of her withered arm. After this we can see that Hardy has proved in his story, that the relationship can be lost as easily as it begun. ...read more.

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