Universial Themes In "The Return Of The Native" And "Great Expectations"



Classic novels usually share in the aspect of universal themes which
touch people through out the ages. All types of audiences can relate to and
understand these underlying ideas. Victorian novels such as Thomas Hardy's The
Return of the Native and Charles Dickens' Great Expectations are examples of
literary classics that have universal themes. Hardy's tale illustrates the role
of chance in his characters lives. Through the story we encounter events of pure
coincidence and their effects. Dickens, considered to be more of a reformer
(Literature Online), tries to portray a social theme in his novel. The basic
theme of Great Expectations is that good does not come from ones social ...

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the boy and quizzes him.

“Then I came down here, and I was afeard, and I went back; but I didn't like to
speak to her, because of the gentleman, and I came on here again” [Johnny
Nunsuch]

“ A gentleman--ah! What did she say to him, my man?” [Diggory Venn]

“Told him she supposed he had not married the other woman because he liked his
old sweetheart best; and things like that” [Johnny Nunsuch]

[Book First, chapter 8, pp. 82]

This chance exchange reveals that Wildeve is meeting with Eustacia. Venn uses
this to his advance by announcing himself to Mrs. Yeobright as a suitor for
Thomasin. This backfires because Mrs. Yeobright tries to use the second suitor
to force Wildeve to marry Thomasin. These events all occur from the chance
meeting between Venn and Johnny Nunsuch. Another example of chance and
coincidence can be seen in the famous gambling scene of Book Third, chapter VII.
This is perhaps one of the most critically examined parts of the book.

“ “Very well,” said ...

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