passivity of egdon heath and plot of The return of the nativethe heath remains a "lonely face" upon which time makes but little difference. the characters like eustacia and clym who resist the...

passivity of egdon heath and plot of The return of the native

the heath remains a "lonely face" upon which time makes but little difference. the characters like eustacia and clym who resist the heath ,though in different ways-- clym by reforming it and eustacia by escaping from it are engulfed by the heath. clym is made blind and eustacia loses her life( something which she herself admits from the very beginning).

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Are you merely making an observation from the novel, or are you trying to encourage discussion? If you are arguing that the heath is just as much a character in Return of the Native as the novel's humans, then there is little to debate. Like Hardy's Tess, Native emphasizes a Naturalist world view--a philosophy which focuses on fatalism and predestination. The heath--the natural environment--remains fixed even though its inhabitant struggle pointlessly to escape the monotony of life there. Eustacia longs for culture and significance, and Wildeve desires the exotic (in this case--Eustacia or escaping to America), but the heath imprisons both of them in the end.

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Are you merely making an observation from the novel, or are you trying to encourage discussion? If you are arguing that the heath is just as much a character in Return of the Native as the novel's humans, then there is little to debate. Like Hardy's Tess, Native emphasizes a Naturalist world view--a philosophy which focuses on fatalism and predestination. The heath--the natural environment--remains fixed even though its inhabitant struggle pointlessly to escape the monotony of life there. Eustacia longs for culture and significance, and Wildeve desires the exotic (in this case--Eustacia or escaping to America), but the heath imprisons both of them in the end.

basically what i wanna discuss is the influence which the heath exerts on the plot of the novel i.e. the functional role of the heath on the novel. please help.

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