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

The Son's Veto: Thomas Hardy - The mother in this story sacrifices everything for a son who doesn't even seem to care about her. Women today would not act like this. Do you agree?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Son's Veto: Thomas Hardy The mother in this story sacrifices everything for a son who doesn't even seem to care about her. Women today would not act like this. Do you agree? The son's veto is a story about a woman, Sophy, who marries the local vicar out of respect not love. They have a child and because of his high class background and her lower class history she is looked down upon by all. When the vicar eventually dies, she meets up with her first love, Sam, and wants to re-marry. The son who cares only for himself, because of the way Sophy raised him, and tells her firmly that she will not marry and eventually becomes violent towards her. Upon looking at the title of the story 'The Son's Veto it will become fairly obvious to the reader that the son will veto something. Veto: 1. The power to prevent legislation or action proposed by others. 2. To refuse consent to a proposal 3. To prohibit, ban or forbid. Looking at how the story develops the reader would know that he would veto something that Sophy wants, this being the marriage of her to Sam. Women in the past have always been seen as inferior to men and this story is very pro women's rights. The book was written in about the late nineteenth century, late twentieth century when women were treated like this. ...read more.

Middle

Sophy did indeed swear that she wouldn't marry Sam and Randolph becomes a most disliked character in the Story at this point and even more so when Sophy dies. I would say that the son did not love his mother but only himself as he put himself before his mother and treated her as you would a dog in a cage, on numerous occasions he contradicted and chastised Sophy. We first see Sophy as a mother taking Randolph to a concert. Hardy opens the story with a description of her hair and tells us that she is an invalid. The audience, are fascinated and cannot take their eyes off the woman in the wheel-chair, 'Almost all turned their heads to take a full and near look at the interesting woman' From looking at the hair they then conclude that she is very beautiful; their hopes unfortunately are dashed, as when she's turns around she isn't as beautiful as people had expected. This being that all ready her life is taking it toll on its body. Upon marrying Mr. Twycott she becomes an unhappy and lonely person however before this she seemed to have some social life as her relationship with Sam would show. She was a very submissive person and our perfect example of this is "Say no more perhaps I am wrong! ...read more.

Conclusion

Twycott would be the house she inherited after his death. She married Mr. Twycott not for love but out of respect and that inadvertently killed her in the end. If she was to go against her arrogant sons wishes and marry Sam she would, I believe, not have died at the end of the story but led a happy life with Sam as she did when she was with him. I think Hardy did not approve of her marrying Mr. Twycott and did this through her death, He probably felt that as she was committing, literally suicide, by not marrying like Mr. Twycott who committed social suicide by marrying her. I personally don't approve of her decision as, as a reader, I feel that as Randolph was an evil character and didn't even love his mother he did not have any right or authority to 'advise' or force Sophy not to marry Sam. To conclude I finish by answering the question. I believe that woman today would not act like this as society has changed. Women are no longer, although by some they are, treated, as an inferior being to men and most would not stand for the treatment Sophy suffered from her son. The intelligence of today's society would also make a mother of today notice that her son hated her and maybe the lack of intelligence that Sohpy had or maybe just her complete naivety and stubbornness led to her death with most mothers today would disagree with 100% By Peter Mc Reynolds S2B ...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. Presentation of Marriage in"Tony Kytes the Arch-Deceiver" and "The Half Brothers".

    to suit her needs, and she tried to repay him for this with what he wanted, the perfect and loving. "she did all that she could to please my father; and a more dutiful wife, I have heard himself say, could never have been."

  2. Show how Hardy responds to the death of his wife, the thoughts and feelings ...

    She 'nor knows nor cares for Beeny' and has moved on, but Hardy has not and is still stuck in the past. The end of the poem is very final, as if Hardy has eventually made up his mind; that she 'will see it nevermore'.

  1. "The Son's Veto" is a short story written by Thomas Hardy.

    She didn't love Sam but his love for her was greater. 'I've never even said I liked' ee; and it is all your own doing, coming after me!' Sophy tells Mr Twycott that she didn't love Sam. The reason for her considering marriage to Sam because she has to marry

  2. I am going to compare the portrayal of two mothers. One, Widow Saverini, whom ...

    The widow secured the dog in a kennel she made herself. She left the dog in the kennel with nor food or water. When the widow was walking ' up and down restlessly in her room' this tells me that she is excited but nervous.

  1. Explain about the role of women in Victorian society.

    This story is about a man called Randall and his girlfriend Dorothea whom he was going to marry her after he had come back from his journey. When Randall was leaving upsetting but he had to leave but he would come back as soon as possible.

  2. 'The Son's Veto' written By Thomas Hardy and 'Survival' written By John Wyndham. Compare ...

    with the idea but does not like her marrying Sam the gardener. The son vetoes Sophy and she accepts this, but not gracefully. She longs to re-marry Sam and in the end she dies of loneliness. In this paragraph, I am going to talk about how the character of Alice changes throughout the story.

  1. How does Hardy show social injustice in the 19th Century in England?

    This is a clear instance of Hardy's attitude towards smuggling at that time. Hardy writes about the working class and believes that they should not be punished by the law for smuggling goods through which the working class can earn their food.

  2. Discuss the similarities and differences that exist between 'Growing up' by Joyce Cary and ...

    This technique has been used effectively to help the reader to understand and enables readers to guess and ending to the predictable beginning. I thought that Sophy would marry Sam and live happily ever after. I was quite shocked to find that this was not at all the case.

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