Clement Clym Yeobright, a local legend. Eustacia ignores her knocks, and, believing she has been spurned by her son, Mrs. Rolling hills, the quiet grasslands and small but valuable shrubs, the furze bush. All tragedies are due to the stupidity of men and all comedies are due to the cleverness of women. Well, for me, this was just one of those novels. Eustacia, consequently, never has much direction in her life and must make her own way the only way she knows how. It is natural to move on.
When Clym revives, he accuses himself of murdering his wife and mother. Yeobright attempts the long journey back to her home, but passes out and dies on the heath from a snakebite. I have to admit there are horrible adaptations of her work out there, as well, so for now, I'll give Hardy the benefit of the doubt how nice of me, you're thinking and write this off to an uninspired telling of his tale. Over in France, this is part of what Flaubert was up to with his landmark realist novel And in English, the greatest of these radicals were George Eliot and Thomas Hardy. So I finish The Series, like all of them except which I couldn't get for free and I was craving a story with depth, like real depth, a Classic, for me, so I tell myself that pick the hardest book on your shelf, one that you wouldn't pick up on a normal day so my hand automatically goes to The Return of the Native, like it's obvious, duh.
He; his cousin Thomasin; her fiancé, Damon Wildeve; and the willful Eustacia Vye are the protagonists in a tale of doomed love, passion, alienation, and melancholy as Hardy brilliantly explores that theme so familiar throughout his fiction: the diabolical role of chance in determining the course of a life. Thomasin is not drawn with depth. One cannot help wondering if happiness is even possible in this environ or if the heath itself does not eschew human delights and loves. Once more he treats his favorite theme of the mismatched couple with masterly pathos and understatement. Of course, there is some share of tragedy.
Clym - the native himself - returns from Paris back to the heath, because he's a good guy. When she realizes that her goal is unachievable, Eustacia meets with Wildeve in order to ask him for assistance in her flight — the young man, tired of Thomasin and longing for new adventures, elopes with Eustacia, but on their path to absolute freedom, the two ex-lovers sink in the weir. The arrival of the reddleman to the heath is a balm to everyone's wounds and he helps to bring a family together and just when everything seems to be falling apart and coming together, the native, Clym Yeobright, returns, unmindful of how he is going to change the course of everyone's lives. The novel revolves around his mother Mrs. She can never fully escape it.
His use of humor and his patience in drawing up well-rounded, complex characters really helped make me want to invest time in the book. Page 315 As the novel concludes, it is evident that Clym has continued to be known and talked about after the great tragedy. In 2010 a film adaptation of The Return of the Native was directed by. Change, along with the connection between man and his environment, is the most important theme in the novel. I am saying the book focuses too much on plot and too little on character portrayal.
But the more I see of life the more do I perceive that there is nothing particularly great in its greatest walks, and therefore nothing particularly small in mine of furze-cutting. On Olympus she would have done well with little preparation. I both disliked and loved Eustacia. Eustacia Vie is on more then one occasion compared to classical characters of Greek mythology, and even in her death the nobility of her figure evokes images of classical sculpture. Hardy gives a demonstration of his power to tear open and reveal the mystery of the human condition , their enormous weaknesses.
However, he nevertheless creates distinctive and appropriate voices for the characters, including wonderful West Country accents for the supporting characters. Was there ever a more heartbreaking woman than Eustacia Vye? He attempts to criticize the narrow-mindedness of such people, their counterfeit superstitions particularly religious ones. That night, Thomasin, Diggory, Clym and Captain Vye search for the missing couple, but discover only tragedy after Eustacia seems to drown herself and Wildeve dies in the rescue attempt. The Return of the Native illustrates the tragic potential of romantic illusion and how its protagonists fail to recognize their opportunities to control their own destinies. I guess all of our lifespans are kind of phenomenal. So many people have been required to read his works and yet I have gracelessly skipped on by. Wildeve visits the Yeobright house one day, but Clym is asleep.
And your scheme is merely a castle in the air built on purpose to justify this folly which has seized you, and to salve your conscience on the irrational situation you are in. She then moves back to her grandfather's house, where she struggles with her despair while she awaits some word from Clym. Yeobright during her fatal walk home and, in obedience to her wishes, reports her last words to Clym: I am a broken-hearted woman cast off by my son. Clement Clym Yeobrig Can you go home again? I'd like to begin by saying that this was my Mother's. Although he intended to structure the novel into five books, thus mirroring the format, Hardy submitted to the tastes of the serial-reading public sufficiently to tack on a happy ending for Diggory Venn and Thomasin in a sixth book, Aftercourses. In The Return of the Native, Hardy presents a complicated and enthralling character in Eustacia Vye — in other words, a genuine woman as opposed to an idealised one.
But Eustacia also is a shockingly passive character at times, which is unusual for a heroine though perhaps not so unusual in a novel fixated on tragedy and fate. For most of the 1800s, novels were basically maiden aunts yelling at you about your skirt length. In this way Hardy is presenting Eustacia as an idealist, but in my opinion no man could live up to her ideals. Eustacia and Wildeve want to go to Paris, which represents. Obstacles were a ripening sun to his love, and he was at this moment in a delirium of exquisite misery. To some extent, a reader may find themselves hoping against hope that this will come true; the symbolic way in which Clym tries to draw water for Eustacia, thus quenching a thirst she has held.