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To What Extent Does Hardy Portray Sophy Twycott In The 'Son's Veto' As A Victim Of Society.

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To What Extent Does Hardy Portray Sophy Twycott In The 'Son's Veto' As A Victim Of Society. 'The Son's Veto', tells the story of Sophy Twycott, a working class girl who marries an upper-class man, Mr Twycott, a vicar who she was a maid for and they have a child together and moved to London in order to escape gossip. Mr Twycott then dies, paying for the Sons education and preparing a villa for Sophy. Years later Sophy sees Sam Hobson again, the man who she was going to marry years ago but instead chose Mr Twycott after arguing with him. After slipping put a few times with him, they once again decided to marry however Randolph put his foot down and said no. Sophy begged him for eight years until she tragically dies of a broken heart. Thomas Hardy can relate to a number of aspects in the story. He uses his own experiences to create his main character, Sophy. Like Sophy he was from a working class background and married into the Upper class, then moved to London to escape gossip. Like Sophy he experienced Social Class discrimination, and when he married into the Upper class he and his wife had to move to London were there would be less 'prying eyes'. Hardy's intention seems to be to portray Sophy as a victim of a harsh and rigid Victorian society. ...read more.

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Society was very prejudiced against the working class. This is shown when Randolph refuses to let Sophy marry Sam Hobson just because he was a working class man. While Sophy was pleading with him during that eight-year spell before coming to her tragic end, he said he was refusing her permission out of respect for his father. However we know that this was not true. When Sophy first suggested this to him he assumed that she intended to marry another upper class man, and he quite liked that idea and would have agreed to it, until he heard the man was working class. This is said when Hardy says, "The boy thought the idea a very reasonable one" when Randolph first heard of Sophy's plan, assuming she meant an upper class man. Then when he heard that Sam was a working class man he threw a fit and "went hastily to his own room and fastened the door". Surely this was Randolph being prejudiced against the working class. Sophy and Mr. Twycott were forced to move London because of Society's rigid expectations of interclass Marriages. As in society interclass marriages were seen as wrong when Sophy and Mr Twycott married they were forced to move to London because of the views that society would have had of them, and this also lead to Sophy's tragic end. If she had been able to stay in Gaymead she would have been around other working class people and therefore she would not as felt as isolated as she did in London. ...read more.

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Hardy's use of language, affects the story in a number of ways. He uses a number of different words to capture his point in the best possible way. He starts off by doing this in the title, by using the word Veto, which means power in modern English. I believe that he has used this word to appeal to people because the title 'The Son's Veto' would be more appealing to the majority of people that the title 'The Son's Power'. He also consistently uses a narrative style through out the story, giving his views on each development using his own words. He also does this to appeal to the reader and make them feel a certain feeling for the character he is talking about and usually he uses this style when referring to Sophy and he wants us to feel sorry for her. He does so when he writes "poor thing" after the words "and she had done it all herself". Here he not only wants to give his sympathetic view on how Sophy does her hair all on her own but he wants to appeal to the reader to make them feel in the same way. I conclude that Hardy's portrayal of Sophy as a victim of society is very effective, if you were to briefly read the story you would get the impression that Randolph was responsible for Sophy's death but if you read the story in detail examining all the language and language devices used, it would be easy to see that Sophy was a victim of society. ...read more.

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