The Return of the Native | Study Guide

Thomas Hardy

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Narrator, Book 1, Chapter 1 s with some persons who have long lived apart, solitude seemed to look out of its countenance. It had a lonely face, suggesting tragical possibilities. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Gettysburg College, University of Tennessee at Martin, Victorian Web Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Chance Reigns Life is unpredictable and hazardous, not divinely guided. Marriage as a Trap Marriage is more about social pressure than love. Inescapable Destiny People cannot change or avoid their fate. Themes Clym’s mother, a social snob; inclined to believe the worst of people Mrs. Yeobright Womanizing innkeeper; married to Thomasin but secretly having an affair with Eustacia Damon Wildeve Ambitious and passionate woman; married to Clym but secretly involved with Damon Eustacia Vye Intelligent, idealistic, and not overly concerned with social status; married to Eustacia Clym Yeobright Main Characters Hardy was a poet and novelist who provoked controversy with his exploration of topics including sex and hypocrisy in Victorian society. Although critics objected to many of his works, Hardy influenced later writers who questioned societal norms and expectations. THOMAS HARDY1840–1928 Author After Eustacia and Damon die, Clym becomes an itinerant preacher. Their Fate Eustacia and Damon meet secretly and eventually decide to elope. Eustacia & Damon Clym arrives home andmeets Eustacia, whom hewill later marry. Clym’s Homecoming Clym Yeobright returns from Paris to his Wessex home in southwest England, where societal pressures lead to bad marriages. After Clym marries and grows more distant from his mother, she dies tragically as a result of a misunderstanding. And more unexpected deaths are to come. Secret Passions Lead to Tragedy OVERVIEW English Original Language 1878 Year Published Thomas Hardy Author The Return of the Native Tragedy Novel

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