A secondary school revision resource for gcse english literature about the main characters in thomas hardy's short story the withered arm. 'the withered arm' is set in 1888 in a place called wessex - now known as devon it is set in a typically english rural location, mainly farms and small cottages for farm workers there are two main characters rhoda brook - a milkmaid and gertrude lodge - newly married to local landlord farmer lodge. The withered arm: 3 ⭐ without giving too much away, nothing is what it seems or what we thought story detailed and draw out for most of story then wrapped up with too much speed at the end the thieves who couldn't stop sneezing: 4⭐ charming little tale. Superstition and the supernatural element control everyone's actions in the story , unfortunately for gertrude her feelings of superstition lead to her death and farmer lodge's sons death, rhoda's loss of and love for farmer lodge and her jealousy towards gertrude depresses her and causes gertrude to receive a withered arm. Ocr thomas hardy withered arm posted by joanna on august 25, 2012 in ocr english gcse | ∞ the notes here are designed to help you get a general overview of the text in the most quick, straightforward way possible.
Essay on characters in the withered arm - what was thomas hardy trying to show through his characters in the withered arm in this essay i will write about what thomas hardy was trying to show through his characters in 'the withered arm' the characters i will write about are rhoda brook, gertrude lodge, the boy and farmer lodge. The supernatural theme is cleverly applied by hardy in the withered arm, through setting, actions, history and speech the setting for most of the story, egdon heath, derived from an isolated building on the edge of a tract of wild heath land near where hardy lived. An analysis of the withered arm by thomas hardy character analysis, thomas hardy, the withered arm.
Feeling sympathy for gertrude and rhoda in the withered arm, by thomas hardy the withered arm is typical of hardy's novellas, as it is a tragedy it involves two main characters, rhoda and gertrude rhoda and gertrude both have their own different problems that the must face. Rhoda's son is a key character in the opening of the short story but he is pushed aside in the middle and bought back in a major way creating an unanticipated twist to the text he is unnamed in the story, which creates a slightly sinister atmosphere. The main characters in both 'the fly paper' by elizabeth taylor and 'the withered arm' by thomas hardy are women these women come from everyday life and are set in the social settings of the writers' own times. The withered arm also highlights the differentiation between social classes this proves one of the many reasons why rhoda is the creepy, lost character that you feel sorry for hardy develops a lot of emotion from the story through the character of rhoda.
Imagine gertrude decides to confront rhoda, accusing her of cursing her and causing her withered arm describe the scene, building tension as you go use the tension techniques sheet to help. The withered arm is about rhoda brook who has a dream about his husband's (farmer lodge's) new young wife, gertrude, in which she is evil and rhoda hurts her arm the dream became real and gertrude had a hurt arm, she was trying everything to cure it, but she couldn't find a cure. Two of hardy's short stories 'on the western circuit' and 'a withered arm' show in great detail the role and character of a married woman in the victorian era however, both stories also possess, as hardy would have put it, detail within detail. In 'the withered arm', the townsfolk are quite sympathetic towards rhoda tis hard for she', which shows us that farmer lodge is seen as a 'bad' character in the book both these factors add to gertrude's plight. The withered arm, a short story written by thomas hardy, this story is written in a different way to some of charles dickens short story such as 'trial for murder', 'the signalman' and 'confession found in a prison' by the story being long and going over a long period of time it is written in chapters, nine to be precise.
The withered arm is a tragedy of fate and is a story of two women linked to one man the man being farmer lodge in this story and the two women being rhoda brook, the lower in social class working as a milkmaid and gertrude the higher in social class who is the clear choice for farmer lodge to marry. The effective ending in 'the withered arm' is that gertrude discovers that the hanged person is farmer lodge and rhoda brooks's son this is known as a twist in the tale 'the superstitious man's story' has a structured plot with two main characters. In thomas hardy's the withered arm, of the several characters in the story, the two main characters in the story are rhoda brook and gertrude lodge the narrator concentrates first on rhoda, and.
Rhoda holds the guilt in 'the withered arm' her jealousy led to the dream which caused gertrudes arm to deteriorate, through her guilt she persuades gertrude to visit trendle to try to restore her arm to health. The withered arm by thomas hardy is like much of hardy's writing - about life in rural england in the 19th century find out about the main characters in the short story.
Essays and criticism on thomas hardy, including the works the withered arm, the fiddler of the reels, the distracted preacher, a few crusted characters, barbara of the. The withered arm: questions use a phrase from the text as evidence to support your answer 1 the lorn milkmaid what do we learn about rhoda's character from. The withered arm and the rocking horse winner comparison of the withered arm and the rocking horse winner 1from the title 'the withered arm' a visual image is conceived of a disfigured arm in our mind the main characters presented here are rhoda brook and the young mrs lodge, married to the farm owner where rhoda brook works as a milkmaid. The withered arm i a lorn milkmaid it was an eighty-cow dairy, and the troop of milkers, regular and supernumerary, were all at work for, though the time of year was as yet but early april, the feed lay entirely in water-meadows, and the cows were 'in full pail.