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The short stories by Thomas Hardy

The short stories by Thomas Hardy I have read dealt with many issues, including the way women were valued and considers when being compared with men and the economy in the 19th century. They all shared a rural setting, in Wessex, with the exception of the Son’s of Veto which was set in South London. Read More

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How are women portrayed in each of the short stories

In this essay I am going to compare short stories and focus on describing the writer’s portrayal of women. The stories that I will be comparing are “The Withered Arm”, “Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver”, “The Ice-Palace” and “Tickets, Please. ” The first two stories are pre twentieth century texts the second two are post Read More

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The Theme of Humanity in the Poem Hawk Roosting

“Hawk Roosting” is one of Ted Hughes’ many poems which describes nature and animal savagery. In this particular work, Hughes details the characteristics of a regal hawk, ruling over its domain. Although it may seem to be a simple descriptive piece, “Hawk Roosting” actually maintains a “duality” throughout each verse. Not only is it a Read More

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Thomas Hardy Stories

In this essay I have been asked to read and deconstruct 6 Thomas Hardy stories. These stories are called The Superstitious Mans Story, Tony Kytes the Arch-Deceiver, Old Mrs Chundle, Absent-Mindedness In A Parish Choir, The Sons Veto and finally Troys Sword Exercise. I will read and compare each story and see what similarities and Read More

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‘Tony Kytes, The Arch-Deceiver’

Thomas Hardy’s stories are set in rural England before the Industrial Revolution, and after the Boer war, in which many men were killed, and so there were more women than men. At this time, there were very few large cities. England was very much a rural country of villages and farmland. Women worked as servants, Read More

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“The Jaguar,” by Ted Hughes

“The Jaguar,” by Ted Hughes, Ted Hughes explains his admiration for the Jaguar in this poem. The poem is describing a zoo where most of the animals, except the jaguar and the parrots, are being lazy and boring. We can tell this from the way Hughes describes their movement and appearance. He shows his enthusiasm Read More