The Three Strangers by Thomas Hardy and The Darkness out there by Penelope Lively

The Three Strangers by Thomas Hardy and The Darkness out there by Penelope Lively

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Explore the themes of justace and things not being as they seem in The
three Strangers by Thomas Hardy and The Darkness out there by Penelope

Explore the themes of injustice and things not being as they seem in 'The
Three Strangers' (Thomas Hardy) and 'The Darkness out There' (Penelope Lively)

'The Three Strangers' is a pre 20th century story that was written in
1883 but set in 1820. 'The Darkness Out There' was written in 1970.
From the titles of the stories we assume they would be a mystery or
horror story. We think this because the word 'darkness' is used and
this gives you the idea that it is a horror. The 'Three Strangers'
makes it seem mysterious, because they are people you don't know and
there are three of them, this makes them seem overpowering because of
the number of them.

The similarities that happen in the two stories are the characters
that are introduced seem as if they are the villain at first but then
they turn out to be the hero of the story. Kerry in 'The Darkness Out
There' and Timothy Summers (first stranger) in the 'Three Strangers'
both fit in with the part of being misjudged. In the stories there are
some parts which are similar. In 'The Darkness Out There' the German
pilot was killed, and in 'The Three Strangers' Timothy Summers was
almost killed by the executioner for stealing a sheep. Both stories
have similarities in the way they are written. They have been written
so that the reader makes a mistake in thinking that one of the
characters is bad when they are really the hero of the story.

'The Three Strangers' was set in 1820 in a place, Thomas Hardy made up
called Wessex. The setting was out on the moors in the cold, wind and
rain, there was a very secluded an...

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...t stranger. ''The Darkness
Out There' made its cliff-hangers too obvious e.g. when Sandra was
walking along and Kerry jumped out from behind a bush. We were made to
think that it was a rapist jumping out from the context of what Sandra
was saying, but it was made obvious that it wouldn't be someone who
was going to get her because it was too early in the story, unless she
was to get away. The worldview apparent in each story is that Thomas
Hardy deals with more social issues and Penelope Lively deals with
more psychology (how people behave). I think the more optimistic of
the two is 'The Three Strangers' because it shows that people can be
gratified if a deed is done to help other, Timothy Summers stealing
the sheep to feed his family and then not being searched for, compared
to Mrs Rutter killing a German pilot and being punished by having to
live alone.

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