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To what extent could it be argued that Sophy was a victim of a class conscious society

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TO WHAT EXTENT COULD IT BE ARGUED THAT SOPHY WAS A VICTIM OF A CLASS CONSCIOUS SOCIETY The Son's Veto, a story by Thomas Hardy, is set in the Victorian Period. During this era, there was a huge divide between wealthy and poor, showing the divided nature of the Victorian Class System. Another divide was the role of women, they had little authority and were simply 'breeders' to children and had no influence over them. In contrast, it was the men and the school which would closely associate with the children, showing that the Victorian era was male dominant. Hardy introduces Sophy was a woman of intrigue by using the words 'wonder' and 'mystery'. The language employed here by Hardy suggests her secrecy, secrecy that the crowd want to be in on. The reader is made away of that because of the crowd's desire to know more about her. Sophy is used to gossip and glances; we can see that the Victorian crowd make a judgement of her, the reader is made aware of here being different to the crowd; because of her difference; we can assume she is a victim to the upper class society. ...read more.

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Hardy uses the word 'deficiency' to describe Sophy's grammar. The language employed by Hardy suggests that she lacks a certain qualities, qualities to fit into the upper class society. Already, we are aware that she cannot fit into an upper class society because of her incorrect grammar, but more sadly, she cannot have a relationship with her son. It is as if that Sophy can be taken out of the lower class society, but the lower class statue never leaves her. Her son vetos the idea of Sophy becoming married to Sam, because of this, Sophy declines to Sam's proposal and obeys her son. Sophy is now part of an upper class society, if she married a lower class citizen, this would be frowned upon. However, Sophy listens to her son and not her heart, if she was to marry Sam, her son's reputation would go down, and her son wouldn't be respected in the upper class community. Hardy makes it clear that Sophy does love Randolph, but he has no love for her. Her son vetoing her marrying Sam highlights his lack of respect for his mother, showing he doesn't give a damn for her and only worried of his eminence. ...read more.

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Despite this, we do not see a happy ending in the terms of a modern day reader. We would want Sophy to marry Sam despite the vetoing of her son, instead Sophy dies unhappy. Sophy doesn't have a happy ending, she dies alone and unhappy, for the reason she cannot marry Sam. Either Sophy is a victim to a class conscious society or she simply made too many bad decisions. When Twycott proposed to Sophy, she didn't have to accept, however, she felt that she couldn't. This once again shows how the Victorian Society was class conscious, the lower class citizens felt that they couldn't defy upper class citizens; therefore it shows how much that the class has bearing on her. She also didn't have to listen to her son and go and marry Sam, but again, the class system would show and she made the decision no to go with Sam. On the other hand, Sophy can be declared a victim, she was forced to move away from her friends and families, her own wedding was a hushed up secret, people glance and gossip about her, she has no friends and her own son has no respect for her. My view on this is that Sophy is a victim of a class conscious society because of the decisions she made. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nikesh Patel 11B ...read more.

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