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The purpose of this essay is to study the character of Damon Wildeve and how the other characters of the novel perceive him I will begin by examining the authorial view of his character Considering the techniques used by Hardy to represent his characters passions are an important part of understanding their thought processes Hardy often relates his characters to their surrounding natural landscape thereby integrating the backdrop to the story with the participants in it For example Wildeves name conjures images of the wild terrain of the heath and this reflects his passionate and impulsive nature Another technique Hardy employs in constructing an initial image of Wildeve is by using the hearsay of other minor characters It is through a discussion among the heath-folk that Wildeves name is first introduced to the reader To give him his due hes a clever learned fellow in his wayAn engineer-thats what the man was as we know but he threw away his chanceHis learning was no use to him at all This gradual unfolding of information draws the readers attention and we look more closely for those clues that will provide further insight into Wildeves character As we approach the discussion concerning Wildeves forthcoming marriage to Tamsin Yeobright we are conscious of the contrasting opinions of the heath folk The women seen to appreciate Wildeves impetuosity and passionate temperament claiming A hundred maidens would have had him if hed asked em however the men seem to affront their opinion stating Didst ever know a man neighbour that no woman at all would marry Wildeves paradoxical nature is also reinforced by Hardys own words Altogether he was one in whom no man would have seen anything to admire and in whom no woman would have seen anything to dislike Hardys narrative is integral to developing Wildeves character He describes him as being a man of two properties form and
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