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Explore Hardy's approach to the issue of the class in 'The Withered Arm', The Distracted Preacher' 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', The Distracted Preacher' 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 any issue with class status, as you start the short story there is amidertly 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 and 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. This relationship was kept quiet, not many people knew about it. In Thomas Hardy's work woman where always unimportant and men where very dominant, which is stated later on in the story where woman are not allowed to live by themselves or by a house themselves, it was always the man who would buy the house. ...read more.

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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, but said that he could show Gertrude who did it but he would not be able to tell them the name. So he went and fetched a glass tumbler from a dresser and he filled it with water, then put the white of an egg into the water, as the egg and water mixed he held the glass up to the window and told Gertrude to watch the mixture closely. Towards the end of 'The Withered Arm' the issue of class slowly fade's away, as Rhoda who is lower class had become quite good friends with Gertrude who is higher class. In 'The Distracted Preacher' there is not really any indication of issue with class or gender, but if you were to try and read more into the story you see that the people who started the smuggling are all men, eventually the women get involved too. ...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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