Analyzing The Writings Of Thomas Hardy

1111 words - 4 pages

The overall aim of this research study was to establish an objective clustering of Thomas Hardy’s prose fiction texts as a basis for better understanding the associations between the texts, and the development of an objective thematic analysis of Hardy’s corpus that can address the problems of replicability and objectivity in non-computational thematic classification of literary studies. To achieve this, this thesis used vector space clustering based on hierarchical cluster analysis methods. The novels and short stories of Thomas Hardy formed the context of the study. Implications for theory and practice were examined. At this final stage, this chapter is an overall summary of the findings of the thesis. The chapter ends, however, with a note of suggestions and recommendations for improvement and speculating on future directions.
9-2 Findings
Returning to the question posed at the beginning of this study, it is now possible to state that the novels and short stories can be thematically clustered using in objective and replicable methods. In spite of its limitations (discussed in 9-3 below), this thesis suggests the following significant findings.
• All of Hardy’s prose fiction works exhibit rich thematic concepts. It can be claimed that many thematic discussions of Hardy were unjust in limiting their discussions to the series of novels and short stories he wrote between 1871 and 1895.
• One of the most significant findings to emerge from this study is that cluster analysis methods can be used to empirically derive taxonomies of thematic concepts of the novels and short stories of Thomas Hardy. Equally important, nonetheless, computers and machines cannot be replacements for humans in reading and interpreting literature.
• An implication of this thesis is that computational methods would usefully supplement and extend the qualitative analysis. The computational element in literary criticism provides what Susan Hockey (2000) terms “concrete evidence to support or refute hypotheses or interpretations which have in the past been based on human reading and the somewhat serendipitous noting of interesting features” (2000: 66).
• Exploratory multivariate analysis is proved effective in document classification of literary works.
• The clustering results of this study can serve as a base for future studies and criticisms of the novels and short stories of Thomas Hardy. Besides, it can usefully supplement information retrieval applications. Based on Rijsbergen’s conception “associated documents tend to be relevant to the same request” (Rijsbergen, 1979: 30), our clustering will make the retrieval more effective, because the class once found will contain only the relevant documents.
• The study has gone some way towards issues of authorship attribution. Exploratory multivariate analysis methods proved successful too in identifying authors. In this they are recommended as effective methods for authorship problems.
• The current...

Find Another Essay On Analyzing the Writings of Thomas Hardy

Analyse the poetry of Thomas Hardy

2352 words - 9 pages Thomas Hardy is an intriguing and enigmatic poet whose poetic themes deviate from war, nature and heroism to love, the transience of life and the death of the soul. Though penned some eighty years ago, the poetry of Thomas Hardy remains remarkably accessible and identifiable to a modern reader. While some critic's claim that his poetic writing is archaise. His language elegant but awkward and his work difficult to comprehend, I enjoyed the

Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

1757 words - 7 pages A Patriarchal society is the social construction of male authority over women in an attempt to direct their behaviour. In Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy presents a story of pain and suffering caused primarily by men who bring about th demise of Tess Durbeyfield, an 'innocent country girl'. Similarly, in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Süskind portrays Grenouille, a child of the market who is nurtured and dies in hate through

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

635 words - 3 pages "The Mayor of Casterbridge" In The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy, a person’s future lies in the hands of his or her past actions. The intelligent or ignorant decision that they make places an immediate or long-term effect on the rest of person’s life. Michael Henchard, whose interactions with the people of Casterbridge lead to his demise, is only one of the people who decide their own destiny through their actions. The

"Tess of the D'Urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy

1241 words - 5 pages One of Thomas Hardy's greatest novels, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, was published in 1891. The novel was set during this 19th century in Wessex, Britain. Tess of the D'Urbervilles reflected the Victorian Age in Britian during the 1800's, as it revovled around one character, Tess Derbeyfield. Tess came into the world, not knowing where and when evil lurked because she grew up in a house of innocence. The world of Alec D'Urberville circulated around

Biography of Thomas Hardy

1219 words - 5 pages The poetry world was reimbursed with a new life on June 2nd, of the year 1840 in the small town of Higher Bockhampton, England. A poet, by the name of Thomas Hardy, was born into the world with a glimmer in his eye.As a young boy, Hardy began taking interest in playing the violin. He loved it to the point were he played it locally, getting in small plays and short musicals for only short change (plus the sensation of people enjoying what he did

Review of The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

2840 words - 11 pages Review of The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy The return of the native was written by Thomas hardy in 1878, the story is based on a place called Egdon heath. When hardy wrote the novel it was the time of Charles Darwin, he had written his book ;on the origin of the species' so this was a big influence on hardy's view

Analysis of Thomas Hardy´s The Mayor of Casterbridge

1627 words - 7 pages Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), native to Dorchester, England, was a novelist and poet that spent the majority of his life as a career writer. His crowning achievement was The Mayor of Casterbridge, which he wrote in 1886; it highlighted his signature style of tragedy and indifference towards its main characters. He spent the entirety of his childhood and most of his adulthood in his private study because of recurring unknown illnesses. As a result

Analysis of Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

3403 words - 14 pages Analysis of Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy The depth of artistic unity found in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles pervades every chapter of the novel. No one chapter is less important than another because each is essential in order to tell the tragic tale of Tess Durbeyfield. There is never an instance in Hardy's prose that suggests frill or excess. Themes of the Industrial Revolution in England, the status of women

Analysis of Tess of the DUrbervilles by Thomas Hardy

2571 words - 10 pages . Tess has a child that passes. Angel refuses to consummate their marriage because Alec is her husband in nature and not he, yet Tess willingly forgives Alec for his voluntary indiscretion with another woman. It is unacceptable that such a double standard about sex existed. The cultural importance of a woman’s virginity when she is married is also stressed because Angel actually leaves Tess when he discovers she is not a virgin. Thomas Hardy even

An analysis of "The Major of Casterbridge" by Thomas Hardy

984 words - 4 pages The plot of The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy, can often be confusingand difficult to follow. The pages of this novel are filled with sex, scandal, and alcohol, butit provides for a very interesting and unique story. It all begins one day in the large Wessexvillage of Weydon-Priors. Michael Henchard, a young hay-trusser looking for work, entersthe village with his wife and infant daughter. What follows next, is certainly a little out

Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy

1706 words - 7 pages The Mayor Of CasterbridgeBy Thomas HardyTo what extent is it Henchard's temperament that causes his downfall? And to what extent is there a fateful inevitability to Henchard's tragedy? How does Hardy gain the reader's sympathy for Henchard?The mayor of Casterbridge is about a man who sells his wife and daughter at a fair he then spends 18 years trying to find them. He then becomes the Mayor of Casterbridge and hires a Mr. Farfrae after this his

Similar Essays

Analyzing The Works Of Thomas Hardy

1012 words - 4 pages contend that Hardy succeeded at linking human behaviour with the physical world. (2) They often relate the works of Thomas Hardy to the historic place he was concerned with in his writings indicating that he was nostalgic for the past of England and that he distrusted modern civilization (Gatrell, 2003; Millgate, 1994; Williams, 1974; Lea, 1969; Windle, 1902). Williams’ book Thomas Hardy and Rural England includes much of these arguments. Williams

The Writings Of Thomas Aquinas Essay

662 words - 3 pages "Thomas Aquinas: Scholastic Theologian and the Creator of the Medieval Christian Synthesis" reinstated the mind of reasoning and the understanding of what education is. Aquinas indeed was a very intellectual person of his time and understood what it meant to be educated; as well as what it means to be a teacher. His beliefs and research shows that he is not only a great theologian but a man that understood the essence of education and

The Life And Works Of Thomas Hardy

3323 words - 13 pages later expressed in writings like “The Shadow on the Stone.” (Thomas Hardy) Though frequently described as gloomy and bitter, Hardy’s poems pay attention to the transcendent possibilities of sound, line, and breath—the musical aspects of language. His writing often dealt with class, maintaining a sense of his socially inferior origins all his life. Themes which recur in Hardy's writings are injustice, love, break-ups, disappointment, fate and the

The Life And Work Of Thomas Hardy

839 words - 3 pages Out of so many authors, writers, and poets, Thomas Hardy was far the most sincere and the most famous writer that made an impact in English literature during the Victorian times. He accomplished many things and wrote a lot of books, poems, and novels. Most of his stories were not really similar to the plot of his life, but his writing career lasted about fifty years long maybe more. At first publishers rejected some of his very first novels and