She has a kind of contempt for the natives, as shown, for example, in her condescension to Charley in allowing him to hold her hand in payment for the part she wants to play in the Christmas mumming.
Reigning in my thoughts and presenting them in an almost-coherent way did not prove easy as there was just so much going on with the deeply flawed character of Eustacia Vye.
The Return of the Native was published in instalments throughout the year and the edition I have read is the Wordsworth Classics edition, published inwith an introduction and notes by Dr Claire Seymour.
I sincerely hope that I have succeeded here in posting something that not only makes some sort of sense but is also of interest to you. You shall have to forgive me for the spoilers; it was truly impossible to study Eustacia Vye without giving a few details.
Eustacia Vye is extremely complex, at times shallow and dependent, at other times almost unworldly in her command of her surroundings and the way in which she in her own mistress. At times, these characters are hopelessly virtuous and innocent, and any sexual freedom which they embrace or obtain does not end well for them.
However, Hardy is unique in my limited experience of Victorian era literature; he concerns himself with the inner lives of women in a way which the likes of Charles Dickens simply did not. It is not within my scope here to attempt to find a definition of feminism or feminist thinking, but it is my belief that within the confines of the 19th century, and in spite of any occurrences in his own personal life, Hardy was and to some extent, remains a champion of the female cause.
In The Return of the Native, Hardy presents a complicated and enthralling character in Eustacia Vye — in other words, a genuine woman as opposed to an idealised one. It is because of this, I believe, that I often found myself rooting for Eustacia over Thomasin.
The latter is an example of the generic woman in Victorian era literature and as such, is impossible to relate to.
One could easily argue that at least Eustacia is real. She is not an easy character to sympathise with; in fact, she is often proud, egotistical and selfish. However, Hardy masterfully creates a scenario in which even she is to some extent tragic.
The first time her existence is mentioned, it is through the idle gossip of the locals. The initial impression which Eustacia makes on the mind of the reader rapidly disintegrates throughout the progression of the novel.
We see her as far less of an enigma and instead far more as a fickle, needy and selfish woman. This of course sounds like criticism of her character, and to some extent it is, but given the context of the Victorian era, and the fact that one can never quite be sure if she would be quite so terrible in other circumstances and, most importantly, other surroundings, it makes Eustacia quite fascinating.
Indeed, this could be viewed as a very dramatic way of presenting the fact that she is an alien on Egdon Heath.
Even the title reinforces this fact — Clym Yeobright is the returning native and, by contrast, Eustacia is from somewhere brighter and perhaps, in some small way, more exotic. As such, she has a different aura to the native inhabitants of Egdon.
On Olympus she would have done well with little preparation. However, as the novel progresses, it becomes clear that Eustacia is in possession of a fair few characteristics and perhaps even flaws, which ultimately lead to her seeming less than perfect.
In fact, if Eustacia is something of a Goddess by nature, then she is at the same time very human.
This dual-existence, being both supernatural and also painfully mortal, is relevant in itself, as it is a good example of what being human really means — people are generally extremely complex and conflicted, shifting through countless emotions, thoughts and personality traits in very short spaces of time.The Return of the Native is Thomas Hardy's sixth published novel.
It first appeared in the magazine Belgravia, a publication known for its sensationalism, Caulfield singles out the character, Eustacia Vye, a wild-spirited and confident woman, who is portrayed as an outsider in the community. Holden indicates that he likes a book that makes.
Eustacia Vye. BACK; NEXT ; Character Analysis The Villain. Given the era when The Return of the Native was written, it's surprising that Eustacia wasn't cast . Clym blames himself for the death of his mother; he and Eustacia separate when he learns of the role that Eustacia played in Mrs.
Yeobright's death, and of her continued relations with Wildeve. Eustacia plans an escape from the heath, and Wildeve agrees to help her.
She really has it in for Eustacia, and she practices auditioning for The Crucible by cons Olly Dowden Aside from Susan Nunsuch, Olly is the only other female member of the Egdon chorus that we hear about, mainly at the beginning of the novel. A list of all the characters in The Return of the Native.
The The Return of the Native characters covered include: Clym Yeobright, Diggory Venn, Eustacia Vye, Damon Wildeve, Thomasin Yeobright, Mrs. Yeobright, Christian Cantle, Captain Vye, Johnny Nonsuch, Charley, Local laborers. Style of The Return of the Native; Character Analysis Eustacia Vye Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List "Queen of night," Eustacia, who is a native of the fashionable seaside resort of Budmouth and whose non-English father gives her an appearance .