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Explore Hardy's approach to the issue of the class in 'The Withered Arm', Absent mindedness in a Parish Choir' and 'The Son's of Veto' noting the effects of social, cultural or historical influences on the text.

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Explore Hardy's approach to the issue of the class in 'The Withered Arm', Absent mindedness in a Parish Choir' and 'The Son's of Veto' noting the effects of social, cultural or historical influences on the text. In the Withered Arm there is indication of an issue with class status straight away, as you start the short story there is immediately a issue with class, this starts with a conversion about Farmer Lodges new wife to be, all the milking maids are trying to work out who she is, "He do bring home his bride to-morrow, I hear..." and they what to no what class she is in. Farmer Lodge had a relationship with Rhoda Brook, a milking maid, but that did not last because he was higher class and she was working class. In the time this story was set it was unacceptable for a man of Farmer Lodge's class to have a relationship with a woman like Rhoda who was lower class. ...read more.

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She showed Rhoda a mark that had appeared on her arm on the same night that Rhoda had the dream; it was in the exact same place that Rhoda grabbed. This is where the story starts to get a bit mystical. When this story was set people believed strongly in these mystical things happening, so when it did happen to Gertrude, Rhoda said 'O, could it be' this indicates that Rhoda is starting to believe that maybe she did really do this and she starts to think that she could be a Witch. Rhoda then suggests that Gertrude goes to see Conjuror Trundle who is believed to have special powers which enables him to find out how these mystical things happen. When they arrive at Conjuror Trundle's they go in and he states that he has not done anything like this for along time, he said it could be from a witch, Gertrude said "An enemy? ...read more.

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She had a son named Randolph who was born in to the higher-class society. He went to a public school and later in life he trained to be a parson like his father; he mingled with all upper class people, which lead him to be embarrassed of his own mother. He did not like the fact that he had a lower class background. After Sophie's first marriage was over she wanted to remarry to a man named Sam. Her son would not allow her to do this because Sam was a lower class person. In the time period that this story was set women were to do what the man said, so Sophie obeyed her son and did not remarry to Sam. He even made her promise not to marry him; "Finally taking her before a little cross and alter.........He made her swear that she would not wed Samuel Hobson." Thomas Hardy only gave names to the important characters within his stories. He wrote about the people and places that he knew and incidents of his immediate experiences. 2 Jonathan Hills 10E1 3 Jonathan Hills 10E1 1 Jonathan Hills 10E1 ...read more.

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