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  1. Compare Hardys presentation of women in An Imaginative Women and On the Western Circuit

    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.

    • Word count: 2050
  2. 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.

    • Word count: 2071
  3. 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.

    • Word count: 2668
  4. English coursework. Analysing 4 short stories

    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'.

    • Word count: 2885

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  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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