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

The Call & the Withered Arm

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Call & The Withered Arm By Joseph Tinsley In this section of writing, I will be looking at 2 stories that deal with the supernatural and superstition. These stories are "The Call" written by after 1914 by Robert Westall and "The Withered Arm" written by Thomas Hardy before 1914. Today, we are not as superstitious as people were 100-200 years ago. The reason for this is advances in technology and science. Instead of thinking that sticking two pieces of metal together is magic, we call them magnets. We also know that if we add certain substances to a fire it will change it from it's ordinary yellow flame, it will go blue or green. If I was alive 150 years ago and I said that instead of using pen and paper we would be using a computer to present our work, I would be branded as mad and an outcast. Superstition is aroused to explain the supernatural. This occurred during the Victorian times, up to about 1900 where theories from scientists took over to explain things. I think that this is because nowadays we are more practically minded and during that time the people were more into god and used god to explain everything. ...read more.

Middle

This suggests another phone call, even worse than the previous three. This struck terror through Geoff and he slammed down the phone. Even though Meg and Geoff have been 'pushed' so far apart by these phone calls, Geoff still remain deeply involved with meg as he and Tom Brett, the director of the office, rush out and save meg from almost certain death. This brings them back together as Meg once again realizes the great amount of love that she has for Geoff. Meg and Geoff rang Tom Brett several times for advice on what to do. At first Tom Brett didn't believe what Geoff was telling him as Tom was very factual and dismissed this first call because Agnes said that there was fog but the met office disagreed with her. The fact that her husband was operating the locks which had stopped several years ago. This all changed as soon as Moresby Abbey lock as mentioned to him and he changed his mind about this being a hoax call. He didn't tell us why, only that "you'd think I was out of my tiny shiny." Thomas Hardy wrote "The Withered Arm" in 1882. This story also deals with superstition aroused by the supernatural. ...read more.

Conclusion

In this story, Gertrude is the innocent character. I say this because she is infact a victim of the supernatural and does not do any thing wrong. She is very like Meg in the "the call" as Meg hasn't done anything to get the phone calls. In "the withered arm" Brooks is very much an outcast. I get this impression from the villagers thinking that she is a witch and talking about her not to her but around her so she can hear it. Brooks, when milking the cows, sits on her own and does not talk to anyone. The only friends she has are her son and Gertrude. The friendship between Gertrude and Brooks only lasts for a few weeks which is longer than most. The language used is typical for the time it was written. It is very formal with long sentances and is also very descriptive. "And so the milkwoman's mind was as she returned home." I think that both stories are very good at putting across the superstition that is aroused by the supernatural. I think that "the call" is the better of the two stories at doing this. This is because the narrator keeps on building up the tension and may be because it is more modern of the two. This makes it more understandable to me and is more convincing to me as well ...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. Rhoda Brook's diary - 'The Withered Arm' by Thomas Hardy

    It was like being next on the list for being hanged. But the feeling that I got when Gertrude came out of the house after her mysterious encounter with Conjuror Trendle was even more confusing. For once I didn't feel upset or ashamed.

  2. Prose Study " The Withered Arm And Other Wessex Tales" By Thomas Hardy

    and three women (Unity Sallet, Milly Richards and Hannah Jolliver) one of whom that Tony Kytes is engaged to. In "The Withered Arm" there one man and two women, Farmer Lodge, Gertrude and Rhoda Brook, Lodge's wife and his ex-lover.

  1. In this assignment I am going to write about two stories, the Withered Arm ...

    A few days pass, Rhoda and Gertrude become better friends and talk to each other more than before. A while later Rhoda suggests that she goes to see a magician who lives a distance away but he may have the answer to your illness.

  2. Presentation of Marriage in"Tony Kytes the Arch-Deceiver" and "The Half Brothers".

    He may not want to marry Milly but as she is the only one left he marries her just to live up to the expectations of society. "their banns were put up the very next Sunday." Tony's attitude towards marriage shows us that he does not care about the love

  1. Compare and contrast the two stories, "The Outsiders and "The Withered arm", and show ...

    in the town like everyone else instead she lives far up in the hill's with her son. Rhoda is an outsider and she accepts this because everyone of that time believed having an illegitimate child was wrong so she began to believe it too and for that reason accepted herself as an outsider and not part of a society.

  2. Thomas Hardy: The Withered Arm, pre 20th Century - Juanita Casey: The Seagull, 20th ...

    We next learn that Rhoda Brooks has a child, a son. We know this because when the milkmaids leave to go home Rhoda is joined "by a boy of twelve or thereabout" so this leads us to the conclusion that she had had a relationship with Farmer Lodge and that

  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. Compare 'A Stench of Kerosene' by Amrita Pritam and 'The Withered Arm' by Thomas ...

    As month pass by Manak's second wife started to complain about their relationship and said ?I am not your wife, I am just someone you happen to marry?. Soon Manak's second wife became pregnant, his mother was very pleased with her new daughter in- law and told Manak about the good news .

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