The Mayor Of Casterbridge And The Return — страница 2

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daughter forgave him. Much in the same way, The Return of the Native had many parts that led up to the culminating catastrophe. The first scene that we see involves several women conversing about how Eustacia Vye has put a spell over the men of the town. It is shown immediately that she is an outcast and is hated by the women of the town because of her powers over men. The viewer can see right away that she will cause great conflict in the course of the story and will most likely be a major part of the tragedy. The next portion of the story brings Clym Yeobright home. Eustacia has been plotting to charm him for some time and when he meets her, he falls in love with her at first sight. This is the inciting incident in the movie that leads to all further tragedy. Clym’s mother,

being one of the women who dislikes Eustacia greatly, is upset with her son, thinking Eustacia has put a spell on him, and ultimately throws Clym out of her house. Further, Eustacia begins to have relations with Damon Wildeve. All of these events lead to Mrs. Yeobright’s death as she sees Eustacia with Wildeve and collapses from the sadness of witnessing this. In the following episode, Clym hears that his mother died after being turned away from his home and seeing Eustacia with another man. He leaves her after this and causes her great pain. So much pain that she attempts suicide. Clym and Wildeve try in vain to save her, but they can not and Eustacia dies before Clym could tell her of his love for her. In both stories, we see Hardy’s use of several tragic climaxes to create

a steady spiral downward. Many of these climaxes come about by interesting coincidences that occur. We must decide whether they are in fact coincidences, or whether they come from the realm of fate. Perhaps what seem coincidences in one’s life, and many coincidence’s plague Henchard and the characters of The Return of the Native, are actually incidents controlled by an unknown, and often ruthless, external phenomena. We also see another striking similarity between the two stories. At the end of The Mayor of Casterbridge, Henchard dies before Elizabeth-Jane can find him and express her love and forgiveness. In The Return of the Native, Eustacia kills herself before Clym can reach her and exhibit his love and forgiveness. These endings only make the plot more tragic as the

reader is left to say, “What if Elizabeth-Jane could have reached Henchard a little bit sooner,” and, “What if Clym had not waited so long before going back to Eustacia.” The only difference in the endings is that The Return of the Native has somewhat of an epilogue where Thomasin and Diggery are happily married and Clym remembers Eustacia happily and becomes a teacher of some kind. Perhaps this is only the beginning of another spiraling tragedy. We must be left to wonder.