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  1. English - View Bridge

    Additionally, the stage that was set out was precise and did not need to be changed, as Arthur Miller wanted the audience to focus more on the characters than on the stage. Throughout, the play Eddie is fixed on his beliefs about what a 'real man' should be and this can be seen through his repulsiveness towards Rodolpho. Rodolpho is a 'pretty boy' type of character who is an immigrant from Italy and arrived with his brother Marco. Eddies behavior towards the people in his house illustrates what characteristics he has.

    • Word count: 560
  2. Thomas Hardy

    We find out that social class has a big impact on the society in which Thomas Hardy lived in. He shows this in short stories when in 'The Withered Arm' when Farmer Lodge has a child with Rhoda Brooks. He has a child with her but because she is a milkmaid and she is in a lower class, he doesn't marry her or stay with her because of her class.

    • Word count: 592
  3. Comparison of Hardy's "Withered Arm Collection of Short Stories"

    It is clear from the story that Farmer Lodge has had previous relations with Rhoda Brook and they have even had a child together but society has denied them to have public relationships because of there social status. Therefore only one is liable to be able to marry the Farmer in the eyes of society and that is Gertrude. This causes a subconscious jealousy from Rhoda towards Gertrude that is presented as a form of witchcraft that Rhoda unknowingly possesses.

    • Word count: 878
  4. thomas hardy rural life and customs

    This gives a nice and plain entrance to the house with the front room being kept for best occasions and the floor only partly being covered in carpet where it is used just to try and show you have money to spare. Then Hardy continues the paragraph carries on and says" but the room looked snug and cheerful. The fire shone brightly, trembling on the bulging mouldings of the table-legs, playing with brass knobs and handles, and lurking in great strength on the under surface of the chimney-piece" this is a sense of warmth and comfort in the house hold

    • Word count: 903
  5. The dream sequence in Chapter 3 of "The Withered Arm".

    In the dream, Gertrude is sitting on Rhoda?s chest. This is a metaphor about their different social classes. Gertrude is part of the well off rich class, while Rhoda is a poor milkmaid who has had a child out of wedlock and has no support from the father. The upper class is always on top of the lower class, pressuring them, torturing them and not pitying them. Rhoda pictures Gertrude in the dream with a wrinkled face. This could mean that she is picturing Gertrude as an old woman in the future.

    • Word count: 818
  6. The Son's Veto. How do you respond to Hardys depiction of the boy? Who eventually becomes the young smooth-shaven priest at the end of the story ?

    He is proud, arrogant and believes himself to possess the qualities that were demanded in a gentleman?s society because of his father?s clerical position. This is obvious in him even as a young boy, in the way he carries himself- with all the polish of a public school student. He is very fastidious, impatient and sometimes very unfeeling; this is evident in the way he behaves towards his mother. For example : He dominates her emotionally and hurts her ever so badly with his insensitive orders.

    • Word count: 876

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  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
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  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss Thomas Hardy(TM)s Portrayal of Women

    "Thomas Hardy encourages his readers to understand the women in his stories, and he does not try to play on the sympathy of the reader. He does not want you to feel sorry for the female characters, or view them as helpless women in need of the protection of men. In my opinion, Hardy had a sensitive understanding of the feelings and behaviour of women, which is helpful so he can empathise with the characters and use this in his stories. I think Hardy wants us to be at the way in which the women are treated by the men. The are treated badly by the men, for example when Farmer Lodge grows further away from his wife because of a disease which is not her fault. I think this shows that the men weren't looking for personality in women but looks in order to raise their social status."

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