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Show how two authors, writing in two different centuries, deal with a similar theme - Thomas Hardy and Eudora Welty.

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Yoni Jay Old Mrs Chundle - Thomas Hardy A Visit of Charity - Eudora Welty Both stories mentioned above are dealing with the same theme. The central topic running through them is "charity and the elderly". The two titles, despite being relevant to their respective stories, are misleading, in the way that after reading the heading one would think that in "A Visit Of Charity" the characters and the actual plot is more charitable than "Old Mrs Chundle", in fact this is not the case. After reading both short stories one will conclude that in "Old Mrs Chundle" true and honest charity is performed as opposed to the "charity" performed in the second story which in all truth and honesty is only performed to enhance the characters' own ranking with the Campfire Girls. The way "society", in our story represented by the curate and Marian, treated the respective old ladies is very indicative of the time in which both stories were written. Thomas Hardy lived in England; he was born in 1840 and died at the age of 88 years old in 1928. He lived in Victorian England, when there was contrast between the upper and the lower classes, namely between the wealthy and the poor. Despite this people were more courteous to one another than in modern day era. ...read more.

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No one ever comes to visit them. Where are their relatives or the rest of the community? They are rude and dirty and spend their days fighting. Screaming and insulting each other. Welty constantly compares them to animals "Like a pet." There is quite a fundamental difference between the two stories. Welty seems to have written her story in order for people to take pleasure in the story not for any other purpose, Hardy's, on the other hand seems to be written more as a moral message than as anything else, and this is further certified by the fact that this was Hardy's only story which he failed to publish in his life time, for the story was only recognised the year after he died in 1929 when it was published in a journal. Due to this point the essences of both stories seem to differ for they were written with different intentions. Hardy continues to show kindness when Mrs Chundle reciprocates the kindness bestowed upon her by the curate, even when the curate was least expecting it, namely when she failed to return to listen to the sermons. Whereas in the other story Welty could have also enhanced the feeling of kindness if she would have improved the reasons for Marian's visit but this was no the case. ...read more.

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in the third person. Speech can also describe a person, which is what Hardy uses for Mrs Chundle, in order to understand what social class she belongs in and what sort of education she has, "Twasn't a mossel o' good, and so I could have told 'ee before." Presentative of her education and social background. Both stories have unexpected endings, Marian runs out of the old age home, upset, disturbed and frightened and in the other story Mrs Chundle dies from which the curate is deeply grieved, despite this apparent difference in endings they do have one thing in common, they both end with the key characters distressed. I particularly have to stress my liking to the word "apple" towards the end of the Welty story. This symbolises life, it goes round and although at the moment Marian feels distressed some day she will come to the same stage of life as those old women. As proven and analysed above, both stories deal with the same theme, how a younger member of society cares and perceives old people, but as I see it, Welty's story is just a dramatically written interesting analysis realistically set in "modern" America, and not much else. Despite it having been a thriller story. Hardy's story on the other hand has more depth to it, the relationship between the two main characters changes and there is a thoughtful and considerate ending. People did care and respected the elderly more in rural England in Victorian times. 2 1 ...read more.

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