I'm due again in the very near future. Reading when I was in high school and again at university made a lasting - and a negative - impression on me. Eustacia is a 19-year-old sensual beauty, who has only one dream: to be strongly loved by a worthy man, who would take her way from this desolate Egdon Heath settle down somewhere in exotic lands. Hardy's prose is sonorous, elegant, and should really be read aloud. Read this because Hardy is one of the most atmospheric writers in the English language and creates such indelible images. She basically wants to live out one of her romantic dream stories.
Thus, the main effects that Hardy studies in human nature, are those of change and of the influences of the environment. The whole stormy heath scene was terrible! Seek out this film and watch it. The initial impression which Eustacia makes on the mind of the reader rapidly disintegrates throughout the progression of the novel. I am studying the book for my English A level, and the film only contributes in one way, and that's getting across that the whole scenario is set in a rural idyll. There are five main characters in Return of the Native: three men and two women. Thus, from the very beginning of the novel we can expect an outcome of tragic possibilities. Vocal in her condemnation of Destiny, Eustacia is an active demonstration of Hardy's theme in the novel.
Of course, Eustacia and Damon are the most tragic, and are doomed, not only because they are both outsiders and their relationship to each other which would be considered scandalous in Victorian England , but their desire to escape is only achieved in death. Clym and Wildeve hear the splash and hurry to investigate. According to the story, it is set in 1842, yet the way English is spoken sounds like it belongs to Antoine Fuqua's King Arthur 2004. I swear it took me twice as long to read them as it did to read the last 250 pages. The characters of Eustacia, Wildeve, Diggory and even Thomasin have always held more interest for me than Clym, who in my opinion was never a very compelling character to begin with, sort of like Edgar Linton. Page 56 This quote, the narrator's observation, exemplifies Eustacia. Hearing that Clym Yeobright is to return from Paris, she sets her heart on marrying him, believing that through him she can leave rural life and find fulfilment elsewhere.
Thus, like the human characters in the book, Egdon is a plausible but fictional creation. She got here a chance to show her acting skills, and she took it with both hands. Here Hardy is comparing her to a godlike figure which immediately gives us an impression of a character that is above the rest of the characters of the heath. And It wasn't just little Johnny who was there to witness it. This book also has a lot of darkness near the end but it is not quite as bleak. Thus, the mummers having gathered here from scattered points, each came with his own tenets on early and late; and they waited a little longer as a compromise.
Then add coincidences, paganism and scenic atmosphere galore and before you know it you have one pretty fantastic Hardy novel. The question asked is who will marry whom. In all honesty, one could probably skip the first 3 chapters roughly 40 pages and not miss much. Overall, the story tries so hard to moralize, but employs some pretty lame appeals for sympathy. Eustacia does not appear; instead, she falls or throws herself into nearby Shadwater. The most uplifting thing that could really be said about it was that not everybody died and some of the characters got what could considered a 'happy ending' if you could look past all of the tragic events which littered the bridal path.
Yeobright hate it and feel entrapped there, always dreaming about the way in which they could escape it forever, while Clym, Thomasin and Diggory Ven all love it and consider it their home. Copies of this video should be passed out to every casting agent in Hollywood. The fire attracts only minimal attention, since there are bonfires all along the heath to commemorate November 5th. The hypnotically beautiful Catherine Zeta-Jones captures Eustacia's willfulness and pride and is perfect in the role. I know there won't be rainbows and butterflies, but I like the bleakness.
Also, Clym and Eustascia's courting was done nicely. In his van is a passenger. Only in summer days of highest feather did its mood touch the level of gaiety. The plot takes place on Egdon Heath, which--even in 1878--was still a wild and primitive location. I love Classics, my love for them is unbounded. In contrast to or , I did not get exasperated with the characters, did not want to slap them or root for the sheep to turn into man-eating overlords - even though I still think that this would have made a better plot than what Far from the Madding Crowd had to offer. Was there ever a man more inept than Clym Yeobright? Oh dear, what a disappointing start.
I would like to visit Egdon Heath but as you say it's fictional. Eustacia is a proud and independent young woman, intelligent if with little formal education, who dreams of seeing the wider world. I guess all of our lifespans are kind of phenomenal. I hated this book when I had to read it in high school. Some of the heathfolk think she is a witch. The people who live there have not shed off their pagan past. Maybe I should jump into his body of work with this one.
. Vye is a fiery, semi-educated young woman who has long wished to escape the heath. Everyone seems under some sort of spell. She loathes the heath, yet roams it constantly, carrying a and an. It never mattered what his mother wanted or what his wife wanted. Page 315 As the novel concludes, it is evident that Clym has continued to be known and talked about after the great tragedy.