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Women Play Victims In Thomas Hardy’s Short Stories, Roles That Were

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Women play victims in Thomas Hardy’s short stories, roles that were
typical of Victorian women in general

“Women play victims in Thomas Hardy’s short stories, roles that were
typical of Victorian women in general” Discuss with references at
least three of Hardy’s short stories

Thomas Hardy in his short stories “The Withered Arm”, “Tony Kytes, the
Arch Deceiver” and the Winters and the Palmleys” presents his readers
with a series of unsettling visions of the relations between men and
women, women mainly coming worse off. For example Rhoda of “The
Withered Arm”, the poor outcast milkmaid, not even respected by her
own son, or pretty Harriet Palmley, the wolf in sheep’s clothing, evil
due to her education, therefore not a victim, but instead a horrible
person. Gertrude also, a good, obedient, “rosy cheeked titsy-totsy
little body enough” until she gets her arm withered from a curse that
drives her to desperation to find a cure for the “disfigurement”. All
these women, due to the fact that they’re female, all ended off worse
off and in the course of this essay I am going to analyse whether his
female characters were victims or merely women of their time.

Hardy’s stories, mainly set 50 years before they were written, are set
mostly in the 1830’s period of Victorian Britain, when women were
considered lower than men and didn’t usually get any rights or
education, especially in the rural areas such as Wessex, where Hardy's
“Wessex Tales” where set. Women were also oppressed in the way of not
being allowed high place jobs, the vote and certainly not a place in
Parliament or anything that might change Britain in any way, which was
quite ironic considering Britain was being ruled by Queen Victoria, a
women herself. But still, males always controlled females as shown
clearly in Hardy’s “The Son’s Veto”, where Randolph, the son of a lady
who had once been but a poor village girl, had complete control over
his mother to the extent that he made her kneel before a shrine of
Christ and swear on oath that she would not marry the man she loved.
There are also examples of oppression in other Hardy short stories,
such as “Tony Kytes, the Arch Deceiver” where he is in a ‘humourous’
dilemma of which of the three women in his wagon he should marry, and
in “The Withered Arm”, Farmer Lodge just discards Rhoda after she gets
pregnant, making her into a witch because she has a child without a

This Rhoda Brook is a typical victim of Hardy’s short stories,
isolated and an outcast of society from an early age after being used
and left by Farmer Lodge. She doesn’t even get any respect from her
son, which was probably due to a bad upbringing, due to her obsession
with Farmer Lodge ever since he discarded her. When we join the story
of “The Withered Arm” she is already an old outcast that’s well past
her prime and when it says “…her dark eyes that had once been
handsome”, it suggests that when she was with Lodge she...

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