Return Of The Native By Hardy Essay

, Research Paper

Thomas Hardy feels that Edgon Heath, the setting of the novel The Return of the

Native is a powerful, scary, dark and dreary place. He uses various techniques

to express this attitude. Some of the techniques he used to convey this thought

are diction, imagery, syntax, and tone. The diction he choose was specific and

concrete, presenting an actual place that was depressing. The words he used

attempted to present a specific, concrete perception of things. Such as when he

writes, ?approaching the time of twilight and the vast tract of unenclosed ild

known as Egdon Heath embrowned itself moment by moment?. This presents a

specific place, time and a specific insight which leaves with the thought of a

darkening, scary place. Imagery played a very important role in Harding?s

portrayal of the heath as a powerful, scary, live place. The imagery develops a

light and dark imagery. The heath, earth is the dark and gloomy image, while the

surrounding nature is light and good. He refers to the heath?s color as,

?embrowned itself moment by moment,? and says that the ?hollow stretch of

whitish cloud shutting over the sky.? He refers to the heath as dark on many

occasions, he says the ?earth with the darkest vegetation… In such contrast

the heath wore the appearance of an installment of night… darkness had to a

great extent arrived hereon… the heath exhaling darkness.? These references

of the heath as dark, give us a gloomy, somber feel of the heath. Harding also

uses metaphors to make us aware of the power and life that Edgon Heath has. As

in when he says ?the face of the heath by its mere complexion added half an

hour to evening… the place became full of a watchful intentness now: for when

other things sank brooding to a sleep the heath appeared slowly to awake and

listen.? These metaphors and personifications allow us to see that the heath

is more than a hunk of dirt, it has a life and energy. Syntax is also used to

enhance the power of the heath. Harding uses a combination of medium length and

long and involved length sentences. These lengths enhance the feeling of power

that Harding wants to express, because they are lengthy and have a body. They

aren?t short and quick, each sentence says what it has to say and delivers it.

These sentence exemplifies the strength and ability that the heath has. The

sentence length is effective because each sentence allows Harding to go into

detail about a specific detail about the heath, such as the power and strength

it has. Harding also used more than 6 compound sentences in the description of

the heath. This is so he can elaborate on a specific characteristic of the

heath, as in ?The face of the heath by its mere complexion added half an hour

to evening: it could in like manner retard the dawn, sadden noon, anticipate the

frowning of storms scarcely generated, and intensify the opacity of a moonless

night to a cause of shaking and dread….? Harding also used it to compare the

heath as in, ?Looking upwards, a furze- cutter would have been inclined to

continue work; looking down, he would have decided to finish his faggot and go

home. The tone of the description of the heath is morose, somber and gloomy. In

the description, Harding only describes the heath as dark and scary. He chooses

to illustrate these things and gives the story a morose feeling. His somber and

gloomy tone is reflected in his attitude toward the heath. The tone makes the

heath appear seem scarier and more powerful. Thomas Hardy delivers a powerful

and firm attitude towards Edgon Heath. He feels that it is a dark, scary and

living place. He uses and combines various literary techniques in order to

achieve his goal of convey his feelings towards the heath to his readers.


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