Essay about Analyzing the Writings of Thomas Hardy

No Works Cited
Length: 1214 words (3.5 double-spaced pages)
Rating: Purple      
Open Document

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

The overall aim of this research study was to establish an objective clustering of Thomas Hardy’s prose fiction texts as a basis for better understanding the associations between the texts, and the development of an objective thematic analysis of Hardy’s corpus that can address the problems of replicability and objectivity in non-computational thematic classification of literary studies. To achieve this, this thesis used vector space clustering based on hierarchical cluster analysis methods. The novels and short stories of Thomas Hardy formed the context of the study. Implications for theory and practice were examined. At this final stage, this chapter is an overall summary of the findings of the thesis. The chapter ends, however, with a note of suggestions and recommendations for improvement and speculating on future directions.
9-2 Findings
Returning to the question posed at the beginning of this study, it is now possible to state that the novels and short stories can be thematically clustered using in objective and replicable methods. In spite of its limitations (discussed in 9-3 below), this thesis suggests the following significant findings.
• All of Hardy’s prose fiction works exhibit rich thematic concepts. It can be claimed that many thematic discussions of Hardy were unjust in limiting their discussions to the series of novels and short stories he wrote between 1871 and 1895.
• One of the most significant findings to emerge from this study is that cluster analysis methods can be used to empirically derive taxonomies of thematic concepts of the novels and short stories of Thomas Hardy. Equally important, nonetheless, computers and machines cannot be replacements for humans in reading and interpreting literatu...

... middle of paper ...

...In this, it is recommended that we have a generic classification of the novels and short stories of Hardy by means of exploratory multivariate analysis. With this, we could identify tragedies, comedies, histories, etc within the literary product of Hardy.
Fourth, the thesis is concerned with the works of Thomas Hardy with no mention or involvement of other writers of the age. In this, the results cannot suggest whether Hardy was influenced by any of his contemporaries in dealing with the themes of his works. It is always argued, for instance, that Hardy was influenced by George Eliot. On his part, he was strongly motivated by the desire not to be categorized as a follower of her. In this, it is recommended that a hierarchical cluster analysis of the works of both Hardy and Eliot be undertaken so that any comparisons/correlation can be objectively investigated.

Click the button above to view the complete essay, speech, term paper, or research paper

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

This essay is 100% guaranteed.

Title Length Color Rating  
Analyzing the Works of Thomas Hardy Essay - Snell (1998) says that the term 'regional novel' refers to "fiction that is set in a recognizable region, and which describes features distinguishing the life, social relations, customs, languages, dialect, or other aspects of the culture of that area and its people. Fiction with a strong sense of local geography, topography or landscape is also covered by this definition" (1998:1). Novels belonging to such a genre, Duncan (2002) claims, are thus distinctive and familiar. distinctive in the sense that each is differentiated from the metropolis or from other regions within the nation, and familiar in the sense that they all have one thing in common 'the imagined community' of Anderson (Anders...   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1090 words
(3.1 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay about Analyzing Hardy's Writings - One observation about this group is that it includes what commentators classified as children fiction. These are The Thieves who couldn’t Help Sneezing and Our Exploits at West Poley. Some common elements that accommodate all the texts involved in this group are romance and social class consciousness. Almost all the texts end with a happy marriage or reconciliation between the two lovers. The conclusions drawn from the analyses above can be summarized as follows • The texts included in Group B are concerned with class consciousness and contemporary social life....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 517 words
(1.5 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
The Life and Work of Thomas Hardy Essay - Out of so many authors, writers, and poets, Thomas Hardy was far the most sincere and the most famous writer that made an impact in English literature during the Victorian times. He accomplished many things and wrote a lot of books, poems, and novels. Most of his stories were not really similar to the plot of his life, but his writing career lasted about fifty years long maybe more. At first publishers rejected some of his very first novels and poetry, but even though this occurred he kept doing what he did best and that was to write....   [tags: Thomas Hardy, authors,] 772 words
(2.2 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy Essay - Far From the Madding Crowd is considered the first great novel of Thomas Hardy. Margaret Drabble, editor and novelist, cites the novel as "the first of Thomas Hardy's great novels, and the first to sound the tragic note for which his fiction is best remembered" (Hardy xiii). Hardy was born in 1840 and began life as an architect. He wrote his first novel, The Poor Man and the Lady, in 1867. It was not received well. Four years later he wrote three more novels, two anonymously and one bearing his name; they were received slightly better then the first....   [tags: Thomas Hardy]
:: 5 Works Cited
1128 words
(3.2 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Sue and Arabella in Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure Essay - Sue and Arabella in Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy's diary contains an entry that explains how he will show the world something it needs to be shown in a story about a poor, struggling young man who has to deal with ultimate failure (Howe 132). This brief description of a story has turned into Hardy's phenomenal Jude the Obscure. Jude is emotionally torn between the two main women in the novel, Sue and Arabella, because each woman can only partially satisfy his urges. The stark difference in emotion, conversation, and sexual appetite make Sue and Arabella polar opposites in Hardy's Jude the Obscure....   [tags: Thomas Hardy Jude Oscure Essays]
:: 7 Works Cited
1419 words
(4.1 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Essay on The Use of Nature in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles - The Use of Nature in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles In this essay I have explored Hardy's skill in creating mood through the use of nature in his novel 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'. I start with an introduction to Thomas Hardy, the writer, and a brief discussion his life and his motivation for writing the Wessex novels. The three locations I have chosen to examine in this novel are Marlott, Talbothays and Flintcomb-Ash as I think these environments play an important part in the life of Tess, particularly as in regard to the changes that she undergoes....   [tags: Tess D'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy Essays] 5177 words
(14.8 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Essay on Human Destiny and Chance in Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge - Human Destiny and Chance in Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge Present readers might perceive that Thomas Hardy's viewpoint in the novel The Mayor of Casterbridge is severe and depressing. However, most people adored Hardy during his living years. In an era when the Industrial Revolution was bringing dramatic and sometimes disturbing changes to England, he celebrated the nation's roots in its rustic past. In an era when new ideas like Darwin's theory of evolution challenged long established religious beliefs, Hardy showed that even the simplest people have, at all times, dealt with comparable eternal questions: How are humans to live....   [tags: The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy Essays] 1227 words
(3.5 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Thomas Hardy's Tess Of The Durbervilles Essay - Thomas Hardy's Tess Of The Durbervilles In this essay I will contrast and explain the description of Flintcomb Ash and Tolbothays Dairy. These two places are very important, because each place shows an important time in Tess' life. Hardy uses Tolbothays Dairy to represent the love and happiness she found and the chance for a new beginning after what happened with Alec. Alec raped her, he saw her as an object of desire. He took away her innocence. This was replaced with the burden of a child that dies....   [tags: Thomas Hardy Tess Durbervilles Essays] 1778 words
(5.1 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Tony Kytes The Arch-Deceiver By Thomas Hardy and Seeing a Beauty Queen Home by Bill Naughton - In the story we have been studying, 'Tony Kytes the arch deceiver' and seeing a beuty queen home' we have found out that Tony Kytes is looking to marry, however Rudy is only looking for some female attention, we know this because a quote from the story says, "…it was soon said that they were engaged to be married." We know that Rudy just wants some female attention because he says, "we'd dance the ugliest girl in town as long as she could dance", which means that he just wants the women for this particular night....   [tags: Thomas Hardy] 865 words
(2.5 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Thomas Hardy’s poem “Hap" Essay - Thomas Hardy’s poem “Hap" Poetry is ultimately defined as a major literary genre. How boring that is for such a beautiful literary form. I believe that poetry is a genre devoted to art, complexity, and precision. All in which the poet does more than just writing; he or she takes that which is indescribable and finds words for it through poetry. Granted, this leaves poetry vastly open to interpretation. After all, each and every poet expresses him or herself in a different way; with different meter, rhyme, mood, and meaning....   [tags: Thomas Hardy Hap Poetry Poem Analysis Essays] 2212 words
(6.3 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]