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Thomas Hardy feels that Edgon Heath the setting of the novel The Return of theNative is a powerful scary dark and dreary place He uses various techniques to expressthis attitude Some of the techniques he used to convey this thought are diction imageryThe diction he choose was specific and concrete presenting an actual place thatwas depressing The words he used attempted to present a specific concrete perceptionof things Such as when he writes approaching the time of twilight and the vast tract ofunenclosed ild known as Egdon Heath embrowned itself moment by moment Thispresents a specific place time and a specific insight which leaves with the thought of aImagery played a very important role in Hardings portrayal of the heath as apowerful scary live place The imagery develops a light and dark imagery The heathearth is the dark and gloomy image while the surrounding nature is light and good Herefers to the heaths color as embrowned itself moment by moment and says that thehollow stretch of whitish cloud shutting over the sky He refers to the heath as dark onmany occasions he says the earth with the darkest vegetation In such contrast theheath wore the appearance of an installment of night darkness had to a great extentarrived hereon the heath exhaling darkness These references of the heath as dark giveus a gloomy somber feel of the heath Harding also uses metaphors to make us aware ofthe power and life that Edgon Heath has As in when he says the face of the heath by itsmere complexion added half an hour to evening the place became full of a watchfulintentness now for when other things sank brooding to a sleep the heath appeared slowlyto awake and listen These metaphors and personifications allow us to see that the heathis more than a hunk of dirt it has a life and energySyntax is also used to enhance the power of the heath Harding uses acombination of medium length
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