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A south-east England setting in the 1800s is the short story The Withered Arm by THardy This story involves four lives where they all end up alienated and isolated leaving them feeling alone They are also isolated as they live in a small village far apart from the town or other villages called Holmstoke It also involves the role of jealousy and at times guilt played by one of the main characters Rhoda Brook The theme is involved around the realm of supernatural and witchcraft and the sight of evilness Friendship a theme for this story and also a dream for Rhoda and Gertrude Religion was also a main issue especially for the women Everyone would go to church meaning they didnt believe in sex before marriage where the most unfortunate had happened to Rhoda Brook as she became pregnant and gave birth to her son who was left with no father who betrayed them both The time in which this was set was the time of poverty and loneliness for most people but you also had the wealthiest people who were above the rest who at first had respect from everyone beneath them in this case Farmer Lodge Reputation was quite important to most people back in the 1800s as it could change their life in a way that people would begin to judge them because of their past experiences or because of the path they had chosen to take in their life THardy shows this by provoking Rhodas life due to her past behaviour Gertudes reputation had transformed from nothing into a respectable woman of the 1800s as she married Farmer Lodge which back then was most common for a younger women marrying a older man Betrayal another form of excessive self-indulgence and carelessness is the part of Farmer Lodges interior He shows this in a hurtful way by ignoring his son a character without a name leaving him feeling isolated and contrary
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