Character and Environment in the Novels of Thomas Hardy

Character and Environment in the Novels of Thomas Hardy

Character and Environment in the Novels of Thomas Hardy

Character and Environment in the Novels of Thomas Hardy

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The novelist, as distinguished from the romance- writer, must grapple with the problems of human character and conduct; and though he approaches these problems as an observer rather than a moralist it is almost inevitable that he should betray a leaning towards certain types, and thus indirectly champion his own ethical views. But, while he can hardly avoid ethical valuations, he need not necessarily connect the particular with the general and envisage mankind's place and function in the cosmic scheme. This invasion of the realm of metaphysics is the most outstanding characteristic of Thomas Hardy's art, whether in prose or verse. A positive metaphysician he is not. He is curiously anxious to point out, on every available occasion, that he lays down no definite system to account for the constitution of the universe; and he takes exception to statements about his "views," which he would rather term "explorations of reality." One of his latest prefaces, the "Apology" to Late Lyrics and Earlier (1922), reiterates in no uncertain terms this protest which he has often made against being saddled with definite convictions relative to the ultimate reality underlying the scheme of things l so that when . . .

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