Return of the Native essays

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Thomas Hardy as a psychological realist, few critics have gone so far in the other direction as Gilles Deleuze, who states that Hardy’s characters ‘are not people or subjects, they are collections of intensive sensations’ (Deleuze and Parnet 39-40). This is to suggest not that Hardy is uninterested in people but that he is interested in them as material objects, as agents of sensory interaction with the world, rather than as beings that transcend it. To read Hardy’s portrayal of...
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The authors emphasise society’s extreme expectations by presenting a female character who embodies the ideal by being domestic and submissive, contrasting against Becky and Eustacia’s defiant and rebellious behaviour. ‘The running parallel and contrast between Amelia and Becky provides the narrative backbone’, emphasising the structural unity encompassing the novel, created by the alignment of their adventures despite their opposing values. Chopin also presents two opposing female figures. Adele Ratignolle is key to unravel Edna’s identity, acting as the archetype of...
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THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE Hardy has given a significant title to this chapter. Human beings appear on the scene and are surrounded by troubles. We are introduced to a retired naval officer (Captain Vye), and to a reddleman (Diggory Venn). The reddleman, described in favorable terms here, as a man with a pre-possessing exterior, is basically a business-man who supplies red colour to the farmers to dye their sheep. He is a man not much inclined to talk, as...
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