The Return of the Native - Study Guide Book 1 Summary & Analysis

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Book 1 Summary

Book 1 Analysis

The Return of the Native introduces the geographical setting for the narrative before anything else, even before any of the characters are introduced. The place is wild and unforgiving. "The face of the heath by its mere complexion added half an hour to evening; it could in like manner retard the dawn, sadden noon, anticipate the frowning of storms scarcely generated, and intensify the opacity of a moonless midnight to a cause of shaking and dread." In this setting, the author places the emotional and physical life of the characters, revealed against an unforgiving backdrop. The characters vary greatly in their reaction to the setting and it could be said that he heath inescapably defines the characters and their feelings. The character of Eustacia in a way seems to be the physical incarnation of the characteristics of the geographical setting. She is wild...

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