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'The Son's Veto' written By Thomas Hardy and 'Survival' written By John Wyndham. Compare the characters of the two women and write about how far you sympathise with the decision each woman makes.

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James Udakis 10P Wide Reading Essay 'The Son's Veto' written By Thomas Hardy and 'Survival' written By John Wyndham Compare the characters of the two women and write about how far you sympathise with the decision each woman makes. All women would do anything for their children, or would they? In my essay, I am going to compare two stories, 'The Son's Veto' by Thomas Hardy and 'Survival' by John Wyndham. I am going to write about how the men treat the women in the different stories. Also I am going to discuss how the characters of the women change during the stories, how I feel about the two women's different sacrifices and what the author's attitudes seem to be towards the two women. And finally, I am going to write about how far each woman's actions are governed by social expectations of women in the two different time periods. 'The Son's Veto' is about a woman who is crippled, is widowed with a son, is not able to re-marry her child-hood sweetheart because her son overrules her decision. 'Survival' is about a woman who goes into space when she is pregnant, the people on board the space ship are all going to die (as part of the ship is broken) as a desperate measure she turns to cannibalism so she and her baby survive. In this paragraph, I am going to discuss and write about how the character of Sophy (The Son's Veto') ...read more.

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And it is this failure to stand up to her son that allows him to veto his mother, as he knows that she will grin and bear it. When she tells Randolph of her plan to marry Sam, he is completely against it. He feels having a stepfather, as a greengrocer will degrade him: 'It will ruin me!' He is so upset by the idea, that he makes Sophy swear on the bible that she will not marry Sam. And she agrees! It was this decision that made her so lonely. She was in London, with no friends and no family. And with no husband. This is all too much for her and she dies of loneliness a few years later. In this paragraph, I am going to write about how the men in 'Survival' treat Alice. The captain of the space shuttle thinks she is a child and she will not survive in space: 'What's the idea of that kind going to Mars?' He has a very sexist attitude towards Alice. This story was written in the 1950's and women were expected to stay at home. Halfway through the story, the captain thinks that Alice is not as shy as she seems: 'She could not be as meek as she looked' I think if she was so shy, she would not have gone on the space voyage in the first place. When he is told that Alice is pregnant, he will not make any allowances for her. ...read more.

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But both women break the 'rules'. Sophy is a servant who marries her master. Alice is expected to stay at home and knit, but she goes on a Space Voyage. The authors of each story feel sympathy towards the two women. Hardy feels sorry for Sophy - he keeps on describing her as: 'Poor girl'. Hardy thinks Sophy should marry Sam. Wyndham feels that it is wrong for the men to pre-judge Alice. Sophy's decision is vetoed by her son. She moves to London from the pressure of Mr Twycott. Alice is told that she will not survive in space and she should be at home knitting. The difference is Sophy accepts this lying down but Alice stands up and fights back. Both women in the different stories change. Sophy is originally youthful and flirtatious. When she marries Mr Twycott and when they move to London she is lonely. Finally when Mr Twycott dies, she is lonelier and she longs to be happy again and in the end she dies of loneliness. Alice, however, comes across as shy and timid. When she is on the space voyage she is demanding and stubborn, and finally she turns into an insane cannibal. I feel strongly about the different sacrifices each woman makes. I think Sophy is wrong in sacrificing her own happiness for Randolph as she has a right to be happy again. I think Alice is right and wrong in her sacrifice. Everyone on the voyage is equal so they do not deserve to be sacrificed. But at the same time, the baby has a right to live. ...read more.

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