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From this point of view, he is a victim of the events, a hero who succumbs to the evil forces and he could be compared to Tess. Lawrence detects the same evil forces within the character himself. He loves his idea of Tess, something that is within himself; he does not recognize her as a separate human being: Destruction occurs because idealism leads to a stable condition, and absence of movement is considered negatively. Analysing Clym in The Return of the Native , as Langbaum points out, Lawrence writes that he is impotent to be , implying that.
As in the case of Sue in Jude the Obscure , the condition can determine self-destruction. Hardy first makes a characteristic comment, the comment of the external observer, who seems to speak with detachment […], seems to dissociate himself from the judgement on Clare that the reader is surely making […]. We do not say it. In Tess for example, the chance that does not allow her to confess her past to Angel represents an unconscious desire, it is. Tess embodies the conflict between this unconscious desire to satisfy her nature and the awareness that she is unable to do this.
She has a strong sexual desire that, if satisfied, would have taken her to the status of complete human being: In fact, the innovativeness of Hardy does not reside in the treatment of the subject of sex itself, but in the mode used to achieve this goal: Lawrence inherits this attitude, as well as a second theme, that of the unconscious.
The main difference between the two writers is represented by the period in which they live: In fact, while showing that morality has a value that is related to the period that produces it, it is impossible to deny that the artistic product depends on a theory of being and knowing.
It is based on the different answers that humans can give to the antinomy between Love and Law , Flesh and Spirit , Father and Son: Lawrence, however, warns against some possible misleading inferences. A true work of art contains the critique of the morality to which it adheres, and it is the extent to which it is criticized to determine its value. However, it cannot be stated that the perfect adherence to a metaphysic is the only principle to recognize a work of art: The representations that both of them provide concerning the abovementioned dichotomies are very different: Although he recognizes that Hardy has no equals throughout the English literary tradition, he describes his system as follows: It is the novelists and dramatists who have the hardest task in reconciling their metaphysic, their theory of being and knowing, with their living sense of being.
Because a novel is a microcosm, and because man in viewing the universe must view it in the light of theory, therefore every novel must have the background or the structural skeleton of some theory of being, some metaphysic. Otherwise the novel becomes a treatise. It is the same Christian who decided to contact Lawrence, referring to a sort of fondness towards his forerunner: Nowadays, there are two different approaches in reading the Wessex novels: Portrait of a Genius But… , New York: Lawrence Review 2 Fall Lawrence , New York: Cambridge University Press, Ebbatson, Roger, The Evolutionary Self: Hardy, Forster, Lawrence , New York: University of California, Lawrence and Tradition , Amherst: UP of Massachusetts, Penguin Popular Classics, Tennyson, Nature and the Victorian Imagination , Berkeley: University of California Press, Thomas, Jane, Thomas Hardy and Desire: Conceptions of the Self , Basingstoke: Lawrence edited by James T.
The protagonist strives to improve her life, but each attempt fails, because social conventions are part of herself, and it is impossible to break them without damaging her entire self.
Lawrence, through sexual intercourse, men and women have the possibility to exchange vital energy, and, thanks to the acknowledgement of otherness, to approach the unknown. Lawrence in The Study of Thomas Hardy. Contents - Previous document - Next document. Human, All Too Human. Outline The Study of Thomas Hardy: A new ego in the novels of Thomas Hardy.
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