The English Department at Gettysburg College offers this comprehensive
site devoted to Thomas Hardy's life, works, and influences.
Click on Contexts and go to a subject that interests
you to read about Hardy's connection to it. In what ways are
your beliefs and interests different or similar to Hardy's?
Record your thoughts in the Web
Links Activity Log.
Tour of Hardy Country
Take a tour of the county of Dorset, England, Thomas
Hardy's lifelong home and the landscape for much of his fictional
world. Why do you think he used this small English county
as the backdrop for so many of his works? Can you think of
any modern poets, filmmakers, authors, or musicians who have
immortalized their own towns in a similar fashion? Make a
list of three, the geographical areas they bring to life,
and how they do so.
American Vet Meets Family of Man He Killed in WWII
Go to this site to read the story of Maury Williams,
an American soldier in World War II who found himself in the
same position as Hardy's narrator in "The Man He Killed"-save
one huge detail. Williams actually tracked down and made peace
with the family of the man he killed. Do Williams and Hardy's
soldier resemble each other in their feeling about war? Prepare
a short oral report introducing these men, comparing their
experiences, and describing each one's feelings about "the
man he killed." Conclude your presentation by putting yourself
in the soldiers' shoes and imagining what you would do if
faced with the same situation.