This essay is aimed at discussing the differences between two short
stories, called ‘The Withered Arm’ by Thomas Hardy and ‘Turned’ by
Charlotte Perkins Gilman. These stories have similar plots and both
deliver and contrast these in their very own clever ways. They are
both based on the idea of triangular relationships, involving two
women and a man. In the story ‘Turned’ there is a couple named Mr. and
Mrs. Marroner, and their employee who is a young and beautiful Swedish
maid who goes by the name of Gerta. In ‘The Withered Arm’ the
relationship is between a lady called Rhoda Brook and a farmer called
Farmer Lodge and his wife who is called Gertrude.
This essay will discuss the similarities and differences between the
two stories and their characters, I will also discuss the language
used, and the way the same image is effectively conveyed in the two
The author of ‘Turned’ is Charlotte Perkins Gilman who was from a poor
background and was born in Connecticut, USA, in 1860. The first story
she wrote was called ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ which she wrote in 1892.
She then went on to write her best-known book, which was called ‘Women
and Economics.’ Gilman was a feminist writer who believed that women
had the right to their own independence. This is demonstrated in the
character of Marion in ‘Turned’, as she is a clever woman with a
degree and has a title of doctor. Gilman published ‘Turned’ in 1911 at
the time where issues surrounding women rights was becoming more
serious and common.
On the other hand, Thomas Hardy wrote his novel ‘The Withered Arm’
with men in the powerful positions. For instance Farmer Lodg...
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...ld and frail and died and Farmer Lodge
became a kind, caring and thoughtful man! Gertrude died three days
later in the town “Her blood had been turned indeed, too far.” After
this Rhoda had lost her friend and her son so she decided to resume
where she had started where “Her monotonous milking at the dairy was
resumed.” Farmer Lodge on the third corner of this triangular
relationship gave up his farms and became a member of the parish after
he overcame his remorse and moodiness. “He eventually changed for the
better, and appeared as a chastened and thoughtful man”
To conclude this essay, triangular relationships happen and probably
always will happen for years to come. It doesn’t make any difference
about what century it happens in or if it is from a rich or poor
background because affairs, unwanted babies and complicated
relationships are part of life.
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