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Thomas Hardy's Philosophy on Life

Summary: Discusses English novelist Thomas Hardy's philosophy of life as determined by a review of his work. Gives special reference to the Hardy novel, Return of the Native. Notes that many of Hardy's characters exhibit a generally pessimistic attitude toward life.
"Happiness is an occasional episode in a general drama of pain"-this is the conclusion drawn by one of Hardy's chief women characters, Elizabeth-Jane in his tragic novel The Mayor of Casterbridge. This is also the concluding sentence of the novel. We can imagine how much emphasis is put upon this observation made by a character who has throughout her life remained a passive sufferer, and therefore an observer, of human life, of human misery. This sad realization is not something that we find in this novel only; all of Hardy's so-called novels of character and environment reflect human tragedy after the grave and sombre manner of ancient tragedies. All the novels depict the despair and agony of man in eternal conflict with external as well as internal forces. His protagonists fight not only with circumstances but also with their own impulses, their own strong...

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