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Abstract The Return of the Native is one of Thomas Hardys Novels of Character and Environment This paper mainly deals with the conflict between the main characters in the novel and the Environment----Egdon Heath especially the conflict between Eustacia and the Heath The Heath as a physical object is described as inviolate untouchable and unalterable by man as a symbol it is highly flexible it becomes what the various characters want to make of it It is ugly for Eustacia beautiful for Clym comforting for Thomasin and home for Venn And it is described differently by the narrator at different times depending on the perspective of the character being focused on Besides Egdon Heath itself is the oldest character In The Return Eustacia hates the Heath and wants to escape from it Clym wants to change it while Thomasin and Venn are faithful to it but for Mrs Yeobright she neither loves it nor hates it she is like a denizen Whoever you are if you want to rebel against the Heath more or less you will get punishment on the contrary you will be happy on the Heath In brief the paper chiefly reveals the theme those who rebel against the nature will be lost Key words Egdon Heath Character and Environment Symbolism Punishment Introduction The supreme poet of the English Landscape1 This is the blurb on the back of a lavishly illustrated biography by Timothy Sullivan that tells us about Thomas Hardy In the following the writer will explain this phrase Poet here does not mean only the writer of poetry it certainly also includes Hardy as a novelist The English Landscape is equally indefinite for Hardys work focuses almost exclusively on his native Dorset and its environs in other western country counties However the English Landscape here calls up a notion of a natural rural environment
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