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Two Sons

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Two Sons Although Tony and Randolph's characters are almost completely different there are certain similarities in the way that they treat other people. Both of them hurt others without meaning to. Although Randolph effectively murders his mother by stripping her of any reason she had for being and not allowing her to love; he never deliberately upset her. He was just too arrogant and obsessed with his personal status to be able to understand anything else. It is his blindness and stupidity that makes him hurt his mother. He is his own worst enemy. Although Tony has his problems he would never allow any one least of all his mother to be denied happiness in order to better him self. Tony is also his own worst enemy. He is not particularly bright and he easily becomes enraptured by each girl he meets and completely forgets about all the others. He becomes so convinced that this is the 'only girl for him' that he makes all kinds of promises on the spur of the moment in order to keep her sweet. ...read more.

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He will marry in order to rise socially. The relationship between Randolph and his wife relationship will probably not be close. When Randolph was growing up he was very separate from his mother because he was of a different social status. Therefore he will have little experience of relationships with women especially because during the time he would not have been educated with girls and so would not have grown up with them at all. The only example he would have seen of married life would have been the strained and unusual relationship between his father and working class mother. All this bodes for an unhappy future for Randolph who seems to have no heart at all. When Tony marries Milly their relationship will probably be very one sided as although Milly is completely devoted to Tony; he seems to forget about her very quickly when he is around other women and it seems unlikely to change once he is tied to her as he was so quick to wave aside their engagement when Milly had been talking to him about it only moments before. ...read more.

Conclusion

There is probably a lot of gossip about his background and maybe parents would be very careful about a union between him and their daughter. One way in which Randolph and Tony are very different is their thought for others: Tony is very worried about the girls being upset which is one of the reasons for him getting into so much trouble to begin with. He is terrified that the girls will squabble among themselves. Randolph however puts himself before others and although he doesn't intend to hurt her he obviously doesn't think about her feelings at all or notice her emotional decline as he continually refuses to admit to her marrying Sam. I think Hardy has very romantic ideals of marriage and love. He wrote very compassionately of the love between Sophy and Sam and of the new life the relationship gave Sophy. Hardy was very obviously on their side in the story. I think Hardy views marriage as the sacred sacrament it is and believes that marriage should be happy and loving not as a means for financial or social gain. Kate van den Bosch 11H ...read more.

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