Thomas Hardy was an English man, who lived in England near Dorchester
Thomas Hardy was an English man, who lived in England near Dorchester.
He lived from 1840-1928 most of what he wrote is set in Dorset and the
neighboring countries. He gave these the fictional name Wessex. He
wrote 17 novels which one was unpublished. And around a thousand poems
the melancholy hussar and the withered arm are both from the Wessex
tails book. He lived on the edge of a tract of a wild heath land,
which was very isolated this may have resulted in his stories being
set out in the country or being isolated. Or even ending happy in the
melancholy hussar or the withered arm.
The social class issues, these would stop a lower class person
marrying a higher-class person it was seen as a very big thing back
then, there-for Dr.grove wants Humphrey to marry Phyllis, and in the
withered arm Rhoda could marry farmer lodge but he does not want to as
it is seen as a disgrace. Also the stigma of being an unmarried mother
is tough for Rhoda and her son. Farmer lodge does not even acknowledge
him where he is with Gertrude on the horse and carriage because it is
a disgrace. And also if Gertrude found out about Rhoda and her husband
she may leave him incase the same happens to her I think he avoids any
acknowledgement of his son, and he should have told Gertrude who would
have been angry.
In The Withered Arm you can see the way you the villagers look or
speak about Rhoda because of farmer lodge Rhoda might have been able
to live a normal life with other people in the town if farmer lodge
didn’t leave her.
In The Melancholy Hussar Dr.grove does not want any foreigners going
near his daughter he does not mind them camping near by but when he
finds out about Mathus he tries to send Phyllis to her aunts house to
get her away from him. As her dad probably sees Humphrey as a more
suitable man that comes from a good family. But Dr.grove does not know
anything about mathus; he...