Thomas Hardy | Critical Essay by Dale Kramer

This literature criticism consists of approximately 40 pages of analysis & critique of Thomas Hardy.
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Critical Essay by Dale Kramer

SOURCE: Kramer, Dale. “The Return of the Native: Opposites in Tragic Context.” In Thomas Hardy: The Forms of Tragedy, pp. 48-68. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1975.

In the following essay, Kramer examines Hardy's experiments in tragic form in The Return of the Native.

The Return of the Native is Hardy's most imitative, most self-conscious, and generally least successful effort at high tragedy. In many ways an impressive novel—in concept of personality, in awareness of the symbolic value of setting—it is probably most accurately thought of as the kind of novel that a determined and self-taught writer had to get out of his system before he could go on to find his own manner. This is not to say that The Return of the Native is a “sport” in...

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