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  1. Explore how women are presented by Thomas Hardy in The Sons Veto, The Withered Arm and Tony Kytes, the Arch Deceiver.

    'It would be a home for me.' The marriage is of convenience for My Twycott as it provides him with a companion to spend his life with, as well as another chance to have an heir to carry on the family name. He had no children from his previous marriage. This is also the first time we see some of Sophy's personality: the side of her that would prefer to put herself at risk than to hurt other people. She builds Mr Twycott up to be an almost God like figure who is so much higher on the social ladder to her - how can she say no to this marriage?

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  2. thomas hardy comparing women character

    The first part of 'The Withered Arm' begins with 'A Lorn Milkmaid', the very first chapter of the story. The 'Lorn Milkmaid' refers to Rhoda Brook, who is a country character who is featured to be unlettered, unskilled, and belongs to the working class with a low social status. 'Lorn' suggests that Rhoda is a miserable and lonely character. The beginning of the story sets scene at the dairy, where the milkmaids discuss about Farmer Lodge and his recent marriage with a woman who is much younger than him.

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  • 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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