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There's no accounting for taste." Their relationship with each other has been portrayed powerfully in these three lines. Immediately, a lack of respect and common interest, perhaps even a sense of hostility between the two has become apparent. Compare this short, snappy encounter with some of the more lengthy scenes between Ella and William Marchmill, and it is evident that although both women share an unfulfilled marriage, their relationship with their husbands are very different. Despite William Marchmill often seeming ignorant of Ella's existence, he does show some courtesy and respect, though he doesn't share much common ground with her either.
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Thomas Hardy has been praised for the strength of his narrative in The Wessex Tales. Discuss Hardy(TM)s narrative technique in at least three of the short stories in the collection. You should also consider the elements
This allowed Hardy to explore new realms of story writing, different from the aristocratic writing common to the time. Hardy based his stories on incidents that were not entirely fictional, for example the story 'the withered arm' came about after he heard a story of a young boy who had been hanged although he was innocent and was therefore used as a scapegoat, (Rhoda Brook's son). Hardy wrote with a sense of nostalgia as though he wished that time hadn't changed so much and he expressed great empathy for the poor opposed country folk of that time.
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Consider how Thomas Hardy explores and presents his views on relationships between men and women in three of his short stories you have read.
Most of the short stories are set in rural England, and are all mainly affected by men and their status but also the social division system. In the 1880's there was a social division system, this system split people from different classes up. The higher up the social class you were, the more important you were, and on the bottom scale of the social division class system were people who weren't as important. People who were at the bottom of the social division class were usually the homeless, and people who were at the top end of the social division class were usually earls and dukes.
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In my opinion, Wilkie Collins has created a confident character who knows who and what she wants, and this is shown throughout the story. Although I expected all the female characters we meet to fit the stereotype of a 19th century woman; to be weak, inferior and dominated by males, this did not occur in this particular story. When Mrs Callender invites Mr Lismore to her home, we can see straight away who is in control, as she tells him when to arrive and when to leave, 'Now go'.
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