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Compare and contrast how the relationship between parent and child is portrayed in "The Son's Veto" by Thomas Hardy, and V.S. Pritchett's "The Fly in the Ointment."

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Thomas Hardy's, "The Son's Veto," and "The Fly in the Ointment" by V.S. Pritchett both tell stories of a young man and his parent. However, the role each "boy" assumes in the story is very different.

In "The Son's Veto," the young man's mother married his father—an older man. She had worked for him in his country house; she was below his station, but she had been injured while caring for his home, to the extent that she would never be able to walk and earn her keep. They marry and have a son who grows to be a snob. When his father dies and his mother is left alone—as her son spends barely...

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i ment stories not poems!!

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the parent/child realationship in ''tsv'' & the ''fino'' is potrayed by an inbalance in power, one-sided love & abuse.the parent/child relationship is weak due to the children having control over there parent!in the 'tsv' randolph has power over sophy because she obays his rules & she loves him too much th refuse. in the 'fino' harold has the power over the father due to the father's bankrup & lose of money his son harold has money.

there is an inbalance in power in both poems. in 'tsv' randolph has the power over sophy. he has the power over because she loves him toom much to say a word to him! when sophy wanted to get married to sam but she took randolph's opinion first but he refused, horrified that his reputation as a 'higher class person' would be ruined so he refused sophy to marry sam and made her swear not to marry him without his approval.in the 'fino' it's the oposite where the child harold has power over the father! he has the power due to the father's bankrup because he has money while his father is broke...so the father is in need for money to re-start his business & his son has that money but he doesn't know until the end.that's how there is an inbalance of power in both poems.

one-sided love is shown in both poems.in the 'tsv' sophy loves her son, randolph while he doesn't love her back. this is shown in the story when randolph made his mum swear to god never to marry sam without his approval & ignoring her happiness & thinking about himself and his 'class'. she accepted because she loves him & she wants his happiness over hers.in the 'fino' harold loves his father where he saw the father's will to change into being a better person & not a money freak...when he wanted to live neat the beach so he offered him money but the father doesn't love him & doesn't appreciate his concern he rather started questioning him about the money & when he could re-start is business & not to live in a hut! that's how one-sided love is potrayed in both poems.

abuse is showen in both poems as well.in 'tsv' randolph abuses his mother, sophy.sophy got abused by her son, randolph when he made her swear & not only swear but on her knees not to marry sam without his approval. in the 'fino' the father abuses his son, harold by telling him that he doesn't make alot of money & this should have been his concern in life , that education will not do anything useful to him & making fun of him for being a poorly paid lecturer in a universty. that is how abuse is shown in both poems.

overall both stories the children have the power over there parents, either if it's by love weakens the person or  the power of money. love is shown different in both stories in the the 'tsv' love is shown by the parent not the child  it's totally the oposite in the 'fino' where the love is given by the child not the father, either if it's if it's becaus over control weakens the love or love for money. abuse is shown in 'tsv' by the son over the mother & in the 'fino' the father abuses his son either if it's by action or words.

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