The above commentator rightly argues about how the characters in Hardy’s novel do not have control over their lives. However, it can also be added in this regard that Hardy’s philosophy of life in The Return of can be approached from two different, but interconnected perspectives. First of all, Hardy believes that characters are governed by fate. In The Return of the Native Hardy symbolises this ‘fate’ by his presentation of chance and co-incidence. On the other hand, Hardy symbolises nature through the presentation of Egdon Heath. A direct confrontation with Egdon causes tragedy. Eustacia, for example, has always hated Egdon and the end of the novel nature kills her. Hardy’s philosophy in Return of the Native, therefore, is presented in a two dimensional way. On one hand there is Hardy’s conception of fate and on the other hand there is nature, which too has been portrayed in this novel as a governing force.