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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?

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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,

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