Thomas Hardy

1840 - 1928

author of novels, short stories and poetry, portraying the rural poor as victims of fate.

Hardy's works are primarily concerned with the suffering of the rural poor, and the rise of industry and injustice. He believed in a degree of determinism - the rural poor never win. He was a member of the naturalist movement, seeing human beings as the victims of destiny or fate.

Hardy's objective presentation lead to him being attacked for atheism and pessimism.

Most of his stories are set in real towns in Wessex, which he gives fictional names.

Later in his life, Hardy returned to writing poetry. He composed 900 very diverse poems, each using a unique form and different techniques.


The Seasons of Love -- The Role of the Heath in Hardy's "The Return of the Native"

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The character of Eustacia Vye -- The essay is on Eustacia Vye Hardy's wonderful creation in The Return Of the Native. The essay tries to analyse her critically and sees Hardy's Thoughts Behind her creation.

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Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Heroine or Whore -- Looking deeper into Thomas Hardy's famous novel and the big question: is the lead character really a hero?

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"The Woman Pays" or: Fate Represented by the Male Sex in Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles -- How Tess Durbeyfield struggles against the patriarchal world in which she lives.

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