The Return of the Native - Study Guide Book 3 Summary & Analysis

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The point of view of the Return of the Native is that of an omniscient narrator. Sometimes Hardy plays with the point of view and presents information as an observer as if he is not sure what is going on. An example of this change in narrative is in his first description of Captain Vye, "one would have said that he was, in his day, a naval office of some sort or other." An omniscient narrator would know if he was an officer or not. Yet, for most of the book the narrator knows how the characters feel, and what they are doing at all times.

Hardy is able to transmit the way each character behaves and reasons, without judgment. This gives the reader a multilayered view of the main characters that would otherwise be lost. The dissatisfaction of Clym with the glitzy...

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