Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

An entry in Hardy’s notebook dated April 1878 gives us a clue to the guiding principle behind his fiction:

A Plot, or Tragedy, should arise from the gradual closing in of a situation that comes of ordinary human passions, prejudices, and ambitions, by reason of the characters taking no trouble to ward off the disastrous events produced by the said passions, prejudices, and ambitions.

Tess of the d’Urbervilles  – Maiden No More: Rape Culture in Tess of the D’urbervilles –  “Cruel Persuasion”: Seduction, Temptation, and Agency in Hardy’s Tess

Far From the Madding Crowd

The Return of the Native – Symbolism in Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native –  Set on the fictional Egdon Heath, the novel illustrates how the protagonists are somewhat fatalistically bound to the natural landscape. 

3 Responses to “Thomas Hardy”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    Just thought they might be useful. The first one doesn’t have a lot though.

  2. jch2510 Says:

    I don’t know how useful it is but it has a lot of secondary sources to re-quote.

    Also this
    has a bit nearer the end about Tess.

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