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'The Son's Veto' by Thomas Hardy, 'The mother in this story sacrifices everything for her son who doesn't even seem to care about her. Women today would not act like this.' Do you agree?

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Coursework on 'The Son's Veto' by Thomas Hardy 'The mother in this story sacrifices everything for her son who doesn't even seem to care about her. Women today would not act like this.' Do you agree? I agree with this statement because women today are a lot more independent than they were in Victorian times, they have a lot more freedom to do what they want and not want they are told to do by men. There have been a lot of feminist demonstrations and protests to give women the independence they have today, to wear what clothes they like, to get what job they like, and generally what they do. I intend to look closely at each of the characters from 'The Son's Veto' and study their relationships and compare it those of women today and how they would act differently to Sophy in the story did. ...read more.

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Infinitesimal sins. Revenant Twycott chose to marry Sophy and lowered his social class a lot, 'Mr Twycott knew perfectly well that he had committed social suicide by this step, despite Sophy's spotless character, and he had taken his measures accordingly.' Sophy worked for Rev. Twycott, and he married her and was forced to move away due to his social class going down so much. They have a son, Randolph who is very well educated, and then Rev. Twycott dies. They didn't really show that much love for each other, just affection. 'Her life became insupportably dreary; she could not take walks, and no interest in going for drives, or, indeed, in travelling anywhere.' She is lonely and sad, 'The next time we get a glimpse of her is when she appears in the mournful attire of a window.' ...read more.

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"Why mayn't I say to Sam that I'll marry him? Why mayn't I?" she would murmur plaintively to herself when no-one was near' After four years of Sam waiting, Sophy dies, Randolph was a priest at her funeral looking 'black as a cloud' at Sam who was standing in the road. I think that if it was today, Sophy wouldn't have listened to her son, she would do what she wanted to do, and there is not really much to do with 'class' these days, especially not going down a class if you marry someone. I think that Randolph was very selfish in trying to control his mother and not seeing how upset she was when she got all lonely and sad, he didn't comfort her. This would never happen now due to sexual equality. John Vaye ...read more.

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