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Thomas Hardy feels that Edgon Heath the setting of the novel The Return of the Native is a powerful scary dark and dreary place He uses various techniques to express this attitude Some of the techniques he used to convey this thought are diction imagery syntax and tone The diction he choose was specific and concrete presenting an actual place that was depressing The words he used attempted to present a specific concrete perception of things Such as when he writes approaching the time of twilight and the vast tract of unenclosed ild known as Egdon Heath embrowned itself moment by moment This presents a specific place time and a specific insight which leaves with the thought of a darkening scary place Imagery played a very important role in Hardings portrayal of the heath as a powerful scary live place The imagery develops a light and dark imagery The heath earth is the dark and gloomy image while the surrounding nature is light and good He refers to the heaths color as embrowned itself moment by moment and says that the hollow stretch of whitish cloud shutting over the sky He refers to the heath as dark on many occasions he says the earth with the darkest vegetation In such contrast the heath wore the appearance of an installment of night darkness had to a great extent arrived hereon the heath exhaling darkness These references of the heath as dark give us a gloomy somber feel of the heath Harding also uses metaphors to make us aware of the power and life that Edgon Heath has As in when he says the face of the heath by its mere complexion added half an hour to evening the place became full of a watchful intentness now for when other things sank brooding to a sleep the heath appeared slowly to awake and listen These metaphors and personifications allow us to see that the heath
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