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In Thomas Hardys poem Her Dilemma it relates to book one of the novel Return of the Native in the concept of marriage and distrust of feelings In both the poem and the novel the womans feelings and emotions cause conflict in her marriage It is interesting that both these literary works has a marriage transpire with one person doubtful especially during a time when divorce was unconceivable The question arises should a lifetime decision be made solely upon the basis of ones personal desires In Her Dilemma the title gives the reader a clue that a choice must be made between equally undesirable alternatives Hardy uses iambic pentameter as the rhyme scheme to make the poem flow smoothly The first stanza uses detail to describe an ancient church where the couple is soon to be married Once this stanza ends Hardys attitude changes to one of sorrow For he was soon to die --he softly said Tell me you love meHolding hard her hand It is pathetic that this is the last wish of a dying man Hardys use of consonance allows the reader to understand the mans feelings Next stanza the tone changes again to one of pity for the woman who sells her soul to be a moment kind Regardless of whether the woman decides to marry the man will die Eventually her sympathy for the man overwhelms her conscious and she marries him leaving herself with a feeling of shame The authors tone presented throughout the poem is one of sorrow In Return of the Native the novel involves a marriage between Thomasin and Wildeve two young adults who leave their village to get married When both adults come back to the village not wed anxiety arises from Thomasin and her aunt Mrs Yeobright It means what it seems to mean I am not married Excuse me-for humiliating you aunt by this mishap I am sorry for it
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