What is Lawrence’s attitude towards the characters in the story white stocking? Throughout the story you can tell that Lawrence has a strong attitude towards the characters. For example he depicts Ted to be this angry, jealous man. “He filled with unreasonable rage” this illustrates how Lawrence depicts ted and the angry man. He used the word “unreasonable” to try and say that there was no initial reason for him to get angry and that he’s getting angry for no reason.
“She was rousing all his uncontrollable anger” this shows that Lawrence has depicted ted as someone once they get angry there is no stopping him, he’s used the word “uncontrollable” to show how powerful and dangerous ted could be after he gets angry (no one can control him). As you can see from this Lawrence’s attitude towards ted is that he thinks of him as being an ill-tempered, raging person.
More evidence of this is when he makes ted use language such as “you stray-running little bitch” this showing more how Lawrence’s attitude towards ted is that he is a very unpleasant, not nice to be around character.
At the start of the book I got the feeling that ted was quite a sweet, nice guy but has some level of temper on him, I think Lawrence wants us to have a unsure feeling about whether we like ted or not.
Although he hits his wife at the end of the story his wife wasn’t exactly the innocent party by winding him up with the stocking. Lawrence’s attitude towards Elsie is that she is quite big headed and is in love with herself. Throughout the story he depicts her as being someone who thinks she is beautiful and that her position in her and teds relationship is where she is the one that the other person is lucky to have. Evidence of this is “She looked down at her pretty legs” Lawrence has done this to show that she thinks she is beautiful and that she likes the way she looks.
Also Lawrence’s attitude towards Elsie is that he depicts her as this character that isn’t scared and is quite cheeky at times, evidence of this is “pf! She sneered. Do you think I’m frightened of you?” this shows that even though Elsie is probably frightened of ted, she isn’t going to show that in front of him so she is cheeky and pretends that she isn’t frightened of him. In my opinion I think that Lawrence’s attitude towards Elsie is that she’s not that innocent in the violence of the relationship because throughout the story you can see that she is constantly winding ted up about how she has got a valentines gift from another man.
“She was rousing all his uncontrollable anger” although this shows that ted’s anger is uncontrollable; Elsie is rousing it and making it worse. Lawrence has done this to show that at the time men didn’t just go round and hit their partners, they did it for a reason and teds reason was because she winded him up and eventually he broke. Finally Lawrence’s attitude towards Sam Adams is that he’s not the best looking guy around but he knows how to treat a woman. One of the reasons of why Elsie seems to like Sam Adams is because he has the romantic side as to where Ted doesn’t.
For example Sam Adams got Elsie a white stocking, in those days to get someone a stocking it is seemed to be quite an intimate gift, Lawrence has done this to show that it’s not just some stupid fling that’s been going on a couple of months, it’s quite a deep affair that’s been going on for 2 years. Overall Lawrence’s attitude towards Sam Adams is that he is quite a romantic character and that he knows how to woo and woman, for example getting Elsie the white stocking and writing that romantic poem.
“E for Elsie, nice nettle gelsie” Overall Lawrence’s attitude towards each of his characters is that he depicts ted as an angry man who could have a romantic side, depicts Elsie as this beautiful woman that is big headed and very cheeky, finally depicts Sam Adams as this mysterious, romantic man who is slowly destroying Ted and Elsie’s relationship.
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