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Analyse the relationship between the mother and her son in " The Son's Veto" by Thomas Hardy, showing how their behaviour and attitudes were affected by society

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Analyse the relationship between the mother and her son in " the son's veto" by Thomas Hardy, showing how their behaviour and attitudes were affected by society. In the sons veto Thomas Hardy shows the relationship between the mother and the son as very poor. The son Randolph is a very self-centred boy who thinks he is superior and looks at his mother as if she is beneath him. Sophy because of her working class background has no self-esteem and feels inferior to her son but feels a great sense of love and duty towards him. The behaviour between the mother and son was affected by social attitudes at the time. At the end of the 19th century all men looked at the women as inferior. Women had hardly any rights at all and were financially independent. Woman from all classes were looked down upon by all men and had a complete lack of education. Men were very prejudice against all women and looked at them as the slaves who bred the children looked after the house and fed the men. Woman could not marry for love they had to marry for security and a home. " Sophy did not exactly love him, but she had a respect for him which almost amounted to veneration. Even if she had whished to get away from him she hardly dared refuse parsonage so reverend and august in her eyes, and she assented to be his wife" ...read more.


Sophy was more a lady now rather than a woman but she was not happy, her son was of a much higher class than she was and had a far better education making her feel depressed and lonely, she spent her time braiding her beautiful hair and watching out of the window. The vicar came down with a serious illness and for a while Sophy became his servant again caring for him until he passed away. After the death Sophy became even more depressed she had nothing to do as the vicar had taken care of everything before he died. Her life became insupportably dreary she could not walk and did not want to drive or travel anywhere she just sat at the window and watched. Thinking about how much she would love to go back to the village she was born in evan if it was just to work in the fields. Sophy took no exercise so often she could not sleep and would wake during the night to look out upon the thoroughfare and one morning Sophy spotted a man who accompanied a wagon load of potatoes looking hard at the house-fronts as he passed, she knew the person was familiar and after 3 days she remembered who he was Sam Hobson a former gardener at Gaymead who at one time would have married Sophy. ...read more.


It will degrade me in the eyes of all the gentle men of England" If Randolph was not born into a family with a rich middle class father he would probably have had a lot of respect for his mother and would not feel so obliged to rise above his class to be with the upper class friends he had made. Randolph will never be upper class no mater how much money he has and he finds it hard to believe that he can never an upper class gentleman which makes him more and more arrogant. This proves that society has affected him a great deal. The relation ship between the mother and son is an extremely poor one. Randolph was much more educated than his mother which created a distance between them to start with and the son's egocentric personality did not help. In this essay I have discussed how the social customs of the time affected Sophy's happiness looking closely into reference to her son Randolph and Sophy's relationship, Thomas hardy gives Randolph a nasty character in the story. He appreciates his social class more than he appreciates his mother. Thomas hardy tells the reader that Sam and Sophy's relationship is warm and that Sophy and Randolph's relationship is cold. As Randolph has a better education than Sophy, Sophy finds it difficult to marry within her social class. She has to marry someone within Randolph's class. These are all of the points that I have discussed in my essay. Hardy tells the reader of Sophy twycott the heroine of the story ...read more.

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