Essay Native Return

Essay Topic 1

The heath is described almost like a character.

Part 1) Describe Egdon Heath.

Part 2) Which characters resemble the heath? How?

Part 3) Which characters are very different from the heath? How?

Essay Topic 2

The novel is first published in 1878, in the Victorian style, but it is unusual in the way it deals with moral and ethical questions.

Part 1) What is usually found in traditional Victorian literature?

Part 2) How is this novel different?

Part 3) How does this affect the types of characters found in the novel? How does it affect the reader?

Essay Topic 3

The novel's protagonist is Clym.

Part 1) Describe Clym.

Part 2) Why is he considered the protagonist?

Part 3) How does he change and develop as a character as the novel progresses?

Essay Topic 4

Eustacia wants to escape the heath.

Part 1) Why?

Part 2) How does she plan on escaping?

Part 3) Do her plans work? Why or why not...

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Essay about Review of The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

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Review of The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy The return of the native was written by Thomas hardy in 1878, the story is based on a place called Egdon heath. When hardy wrote the novel it was the time of Charles Darwin, he had written his book ;on the origin of the species' so this was a big influence on hardy's view of god and evolution, it was also the time of the Boer war (1899-1902). Hardy wrote the novel return of the native to portray how life was in nineteen-century Britain was. The characters that hardy wrote about were dominated by supersitions and religious influences just like he…show more content…

The heathfolk might imagine themselves to have civilized their native terrain, but in truth the heath remains wild, with a character of its own that asserts its will over its human residents. Egdon heath is an isolated, desolated and wild place, the night bring the heath to life, but the heath folk are even more afraid of the heath when the sun starts to go down:

Pg 9 "looking upwards, a furze cutter would have been inclined to continue his work; looking down, he would have decided to finish his faggot and go home."

This shows that the men would have carried on working if he hadn't have seen the sky closing in.

The Heath presents a harsh, lonely face which time never changes its appearance. The vegetation makes it appear to wear a dark brown dress. It is quiet, somber, and tragic by nature, and it seems to increase the gloominess of both day and night. It is also obscure and mysterious and sometimes hostile. The people on the heath live and work on the heath even though it is overgrown, obsolete, obsure and mysterious. The people feel comfortable in the heath if the live by the heaths laws the heath has been unchanged for ages, except the road that travels its length:

pg. 12 "the sea changed, the

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