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An Analysis of the Universal Themes in Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native and Charles Dickens' Great Expectations
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Classic novels usually share in the aspect of universal themes which touch people through out the ages All types of audiences can relate to and understand these underlying ideas Victorian novels such as Thomas Hardys The Return of the Native and Charles Dickens Great Expectations are examples of literary classics that have universal themes Hardys tale illustrates the role of chance in his characters lives Through the story we encounter events of pure coincidence and their effects Dickens considered to be more of a reformer Literature Online tries to portray a social theme in his novel The basic theme of Great Expectations is that good does not come from ones social standing but rather comes from their inner value These novels are considered classics because of their timeless themes Thomas Hardys The Return of the Native displays a theme of chance Book First chapter 8 contains a perfect example Eustacia persuades young Johnny Nunsuch into helping her feed a fire She dismisses him and begins to walk home Before reaching home he is frightened by the light coming from the heath and returns to discover Wildeve meeting with Eustacia By pure chance Venn discovers the boy and quizzes him Then I came down here and I was afeard and I went back but I didnt like to speak to her because of the gentleman and I came on here again Johnny Nunsuch A gentleman--ah What did she say to him my man Diggory Venn Told him she supposed he had not married the other woman because he liked his old sweetheart best and things like that Johnny Nunsuch Book First chapter 8 pp 82 This chance exchange reveals that Wildeve is meeting with Eustacia Venn uses this to his advance by announcing himself to Mrs Yeobright as a suitor for Thomasin This backfires because Mrs Yeobright tries to use the second suitor to force Wildeve to marry
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