An analysis of the return of the native a novel by thomas hardy

Thomasin, in distress, ran after the reddleman's van and asked him to take her home. Clym at first laughs at such superstitionsbut later embraces the majority opinion when he rejects his wife as a murderer and adulteress. Although he has no plans to return to Paris or the diamond trade and is, in fact, planning to become a schoolmaster for the rural poor, Eustacia sees him as a way to escape the hated heath and begin a grander, richer existence in a glamorous new location.

Yeobright to enter the house: heart-broken and feeling rejected by her son, she succumbs to heat and snakebite on the walk home, and dies.

Now, thinking she has been deliberately barred from her son's home, she miserably begins the long, hot walk home. Fate plays the most crucial yet evil role in many events in their lives with reflection of impassive attitude and tragic consequences.

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With this story, Hardy deviated from his conventional style of being a tragic writer to bring forth happy ending. Thematically, however, the novel is original and ingenious: not trusting perceptions, the book questions moral and ethical truths, implying the superiority of relative to absolute truth. The narrative begins on the evening of Guy Fawkes Night as Diggory Venn is slowly crossing the heath with his van, which is being drawn by ponies. Clym, now a sad, solitary figure, eventually takes up preaching. With its extensive narrative description, abundant classical and scriptural references and stylized dialogue, the book adheres closely to the high Victorian style. Underlying these modern themes, however, is a classical sense of tragedy: Hardy scrupulously observes the three unities of time, place, and action and suggests that the struggles of those trying to escape their destinies will only hasten their destruction. He is infatuated with Eustacia Vye, and is, at least to some extent, using Thomasin as a device to make Eustacia jealous. There is no possible objectivity about the heath. This is not, however, the way the novel was first conceived; Hardy was forced to give the novel a happy ending in order to please the Victorian public. Yeobright knocks on the door; she has decided to pay a courtesy call in the hopes of healing the estrangement between herself and her son.

With its extensive narrative description, abundant classical and scriptural references and stylized dialogue, the book adheres closely to the high Victorian style.

However Christian gambling with that money and loses to Wildeve who again while gambling loses all the money to Diggory who gives it to Thomasin. Given the tragedy of the double drowning, it seems impossible that the novel could end happily. She tells him she will send him a signal by night if she decides to accept.

When Eustacia goes back inside, she finds Clym still asleep and his mother gone. Venn himself is in love with Thomasin, and unsuccessfully wooed her two years before. Meanwhile, Clym Yeobright, son of Mrs.

Eustacia, her dreams blasted, finds herself living in a hut on the heath, chained by marriage to a lowly labouring man.

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