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Character Comparison Venn vs WildevePerhaps two of the most opposing characters of Thomas Hardys The Return of theNative both in personality and actions Diggory Venn and Damon Wildeve could in some respects be cast as night and day Most signifigant is the converse treatment of each man towards Thomasin Yeobright The stark differences between the reddleman Venn and Wildeve most likely are the result of the divergent motives of the twoAs the lone seller of reddle on Egdon Heath Diggory Venn is somewhat ostracized by the inhabitants he is dismissed by the girl he loves Thomasin and her aunt Mrs Yeobright as an inadequate unprosperous match for a husband Reluctant to take no for an answer Venn repeats his request to marry Thomasin several times She however is betrothed to Damon Wildeve thus a contest of manliness between he and Venn ensues It is here that the two men so greatly differ Indeed Venn despises Wildeve less because he has won Thomasin than for the fact that the reddleman recognizes Wildeves incentives are not those of true love for Thomasin As a result of Venns somewhat voyeuristic nature he is quite aware of the covert relationship Wildeve has been maintaining with Eustacia Vye It is Diggory Venns pure self-less love for Thomasin that drives his attacks -- verbal as well as physical -- upon Damon Wildeve Venns own happiness depends upon that of Thomasins his foremost goal is that she be content -- even if that be with another man than he There is no point throughout the novel at which Venn seeks to avenge Wildeves marrying of Thomasin He simply strives to make sure Damon does not wrong the girl by mistreating her or by continuing his relationship with Eustacia Vennwould only seek revenge for the hurting of Thomasin and will stop at nothing -- literally -- to ensure her bliss Rather than be bitter of her unacceptance towards him Venn goes beyond all
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