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The Son's Veto.

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THE SON'S VETO Thomas Hardy was a novelist and a great poet. He was born into the working class until he married into the upper class, forgetting about his past because of the embarrassment it caused him. He was born in 1840 and died in 1928. Sophy is an upper class woman with a lower class background who is used to working class expectations and 'not up to the standard of the upper class'. Sophy had worked as a maid in the house of the reverend as a young girl and after his first wife died had stayed to look after the reverend. After an accident which left her partially lame, the reverend asked her to marry him. Her life would have been happier if she had married Sam instead. She would not have been caught between society's boundaries. An example of his embarrassment about his background is shown when he is alleged to have destroyed evidence of his past when working on his autobiography about him. He was reluctant for his upper class acquaintances to know about his poor past. ...read more.

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She also lacks the confidence to reprimand her own son when he rudely corrects her grammar 'Sophy hastily adopted the correction'. The word 'hastily' shows how she readily pleased her son due to her low self esteem. 'He seems to belong so little to me ... I do not feel dignified enough to be his mother'. This implies how little confidence in herself Sophy feels. Also I think that if Sophy had a higher self esteem she would have invited her family to the wedding and not allowed Rev Twycott to marry her in secret. Hardy also portrays Sophy as indecisive yet a person who can make rash decisions. This is shown when Sophy couldn't bring herself to tell her son Randolph about her relationship with Sam, even when she had promised she would. The idea of his upper class mother marrying a lower class person would degrade him. When Sam asked her to marry him she replied 'wait a while and let me think'. She was worried about her son's reaction to the news. Sophy is also shown as a person to be pitied. ...read more.

Conclusion

Somewhere for the upper class people not a poor lower class school. This reveals that Sophy believes that an ordinary school can not give her son the education he deserved. However the education he received from the public school helped shape his views leading him to look down on his mother and other lower class people. He prevented her relationship with Sam, thus denying her any happiness and so contributed to her downfall. The Son's Veto is written in the third person. Hardy however, intrudes on the narration with his personal comments such as his comments on Sophy's hairstyle and the amount of time and work she spent on it. She had done it all herself, poor thing. She had no maid and it was the only accomplishment she could boast of. Hardy evokes the readers sympathy for Sophy by giving her a hard life who never gets what she wants because of the restrictions of society. Sophy had a number of weaknesses but I believe that the restrictions of society played a great part in her downfall. If she had married a working class person she would have had a far happier life. Generally, it is far easier today for the two social classes to mix, people are more tolerant about other people's origins. Alex Stavri 10W ...read more.

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