INTRODUCTION- Chapter one of the withered arm written by Thomas hardy in 1888 as part of the Wessex tales has a successful opening because the writer Introduces the charters well and explains the dark sinister mood making you want to read on.
OPENING PARARAGH-In creating a successful opening chapter Thomas Hardy introduces the characters in an interesting manor .
Rhoda brook is the main character in this story. Her job is a milkmaid , she also has a son , the father of her son is farmer lodge but they are not married because different classes couldn’t marry and he hasn’t ever spoken to his son and the son doesn’t no that he is the father . Farmer lodge has got a new wife miss farmer lodge.
Hardy creates a dark and sinister tone in chapter one. I know this because the title’ a lorn milkmaid’ this means that the story will be sad about someone who has no friends and lives a verside life. One of the quotes in the story says there is a thin fading woman with a boy of twelve , there course lay apart from the rest to a lonely spot. That makes it sound scary. Another quote is the title the withered arm it means that someone is going to have a withered arm alive or dead. Another quote is they crept up the hill in the twilight it makes it sound spooky. So that’s how we now Thomas hardy creates a dark and sinister mood.
Quotes Quote 1: '124 was spiteful. Full of a baby's venom.' Chapter 1, pg. 3 Quote 2: ''My first-born. All I can remember of her is how she loved the burned bottom of bread. Can you beat that? Eight children and that's all I remember.' ' Chapter 1, pg. 5 Quote 3: 'a pool of red and undulating light that locked him where he stood.' Chapter 1, pg. 8 Quote 4: 'If a Negro got legs he ought to use ...
Thomas hardy makes us think about what might happen next in the story. One question that I would like to know the answer to is why farmer lodge didn’t marry Rhoda brook ? I think this is because different classes couldn’t marry each other in them days. Another question left unanswerd is why was Rhoda’s son cutting a notch in the chair with his pocket knife I reckon he is going to go and kill farmer lodge because he married someone else and not his mum Rhoda brook. Another unanswered question is the title the withered arm who has got the withered arm? One more question is why doesn’t farmer lodge see his son? I think it is because Rhoda brooks son might not no that farmer lodge is the father. This makes the reader want to read the rest of the story.