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The Son's Veto Thomas Hardy

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Introduction

Both the 'Son's Veto' and 'Kiss Miss Carol' examine the relationship between a child and its parent. Compare what Thomas Hardy and Farrukh Dhondy have to say about that relationship and show how the situation in each story is typical of its period and setting. The Son's Veto Thomas Hardy: Thomas Hardy was a British novelist and a poet who was born in 1840 duringQueen Victoria's reign and died at the age of 88 in 1928. Most of Hardy's works are set in the countryside of Wessex. 'Far from the Madding Crowd' (1844) was his first important novel followed by other works such as 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' and 'Jude the Obscure.' Hardy's characters were often portrayed as victims of a predestined fate. Hardy's women were portrayed as victims of prejudice, abuse and a male dominated society. In his later years Hardy turned to poetry; 'The Dynasts' is considered to be his most ambitious verse. The 'Son's Veto' is the story of Sophy, a middle class, widowed, handicapped woman who lived alone, with a son who went away to boarding school. She was originally from the working class but her marriage to Mr Twycott led her into the middle class world and out of her home village into London. After her husband's death she meets Sam, an old friend from her working class days. He proposes to her and describes a happy life they could lead together. Sophy explains the inportance of her son, Randolph, in her life and suggests that she get his permission before marrying Sam. When she approaches her son he refuses to let her marry him. The 'Son's Veto' ends with Sophys death, never feeling worthy enough to have been her son's mother and never being courageous enough to marry her love. The 'Son's Veto' is a family story, set in a 19th century, middle class home, at a time when society was divided and social status was considered to be very important, when men dominates and women were dominated over. ...read more.

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Jolils problem is that his dad dresses differently and speaks poor English. He realises that it is his culture that he has to respect. Randolph on the other hand blatantly puts his mother down even when she tries. Randolph apparently doesn't want to bother with his mother and for the most part considers her a burden and even a hindrance to his social climb. Both children in this story have different upbringings to their parents and it is this which essentially causes the problems to start with. If Sophy had been bought up in middle class then maybe she wouldn't have seen herself to inferior to Randolph and she may not have even considered marriage to Sam. But even if she had, she would have had more courage when approaching Randolph and probably ended up doing what she wanted. If Mr Miah had been bought up as Jolil was then maybe he would have seen that the part of Tiny Tim wasn't being racist and Jolil wouldn't have had to lie. Also both Mr Mia and Sophy aren't as orally able as their children which leads to sensitivity and embarrassment for Jolil and Randolph. Both Jolil and Randolph have a dilemma. Jolil is upset because he wants to participate in the school play and cant and Randolph is upset that his mother would even consider marrying a man of lower status without considering him. But it is the situations they are in that help us see their characters as they are. Jolil chooses his family's needs over his own and we can see that he is mature and caring. Randolph however only ever considers himself showing him up as the self-centred person he is. Religion plays an important part in both the stories but has a different effect in each case. In 'Kiss Miss Carol', it is Mr Miah's religious interpretation that leads to Jolil being forbidden from participating the play. ...read more.

Conclusion

Upon getting to school he was rushed onto stage by Miss Ingram. He did not put himself forward as being present. It is easy to forget Jolil's age in the story. In the 'Son's Veto' we often regard Randolph as being older as he always controls her and commands her around. In 'Kiss Miss Carol' Jolil goes through tremendous mental torment for a child his age. There's pressure from both sides for Jolil to do the right thing, but as in the 'Son's Veto' something happens to remind us of his age again. When he becomes desperate and tries to find a way to excuse himself he thinks of absurd and childlike reasons. He thinks that maybe "if he spoke really loudly and clearly" in the afternoon then "she <Miss Ingram> would forgive him when he didn't turn up in the evening." To us its obvious that if he performed well in the afternoon his absence would be more noted in the night but Jolil in his childish ways believes it to have the opposite effect. The time when the story is set is very important as it was in the 'Son's Veto'. But even though the story is of a different era the era is not that different the situation within the family is not typical of the era. In 'Son's Veto' although men dominated over women, Randolph did abuse his power and took it to a sick extreme, just as here Jolil and his family maybe in England but they're certainly not living as English and they try to keep their Bengali traditions as much as possible. Rethink paragraph! Difficult to incluse this when I have not yet analysed T SV Basically very sound + insightful. Alter the order in which you deal with the stories. Check the ordering of your material within each analysis. Get rid of as many technical inaccuracies as possible Say a little more about women's behaviour in Victorian times and about the class differences. Empathising emphasising ...read more.

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