An Ecological Interpretation of The Return of the Native

Dongxia ZHENG


This essay aims to study The Return of the Native from the perspective of ecocriticism. Hardy indicates nature possesses its intrinsic value and nature and humans are equal in the ecological system. Human’s alienation from nature leads to the disharmonious man-nature relationship. It reveals the deep natural ecological thought contained in the novel: man should see nature’s intrinsic value and build harmonious man-nature relationship.


Thomas Hardy; The Return of the Native; Harmony; Nature

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