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I have recently read a 20th century text Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and also a 19th century text The Withered Arm by Thomas hardy in order to compare the similarities and differences in the two texts and the way in which the authors explore different themes In both The Withered Arm and Of Mice and Men the themes of loneliness and dreams can be found I have chosen the theme loneliness to explore The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy is set in the year 1825 within a rural dairy farming community Members of the community are superstitious and believe in conjurors wizards and witches as many villages in Wessex did at that period in time The tale covers several years meaning the plot structure is linear This 19th century text is based on two main characters Rhoda Brook and Gertrude Lodge Tension and jealousy between these two characters is built up right from the beginning as the readers are find out that Gertrude is the new wife of Farmer Lodge the father of Rhodas son Rhoda has a dream in which she inflicts harm to Gertrudes left arm The dream seems to come true as when the two women meet Gertrude does have an affliction on her arm which appeared the night of Rhodas dream In the end Gertrude finds out about Rhodas dream and Gertrudes superstitious behaviour leads to her own death Rhoda is described very early on in the tale She is described as being a thin fading woman of thirty and when she is lighting her fire we are told The radiance lit her pale cheek and made her dark eyes that had once been handsome seem handsome anew Rhoda also seems to be obsessed and jealous of Farmer Lodges new wife as she often asks her young son to go and look at Gertrude and report back to her what she is like
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