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Did Hardy love Wessex?

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Did Thomas Hardy love Wessex? Thomas Hardy, the writer of "Far From A Madding Crowd" once lived in idyllic agricultural Britain, his affection and love for this is shown very clearly in his writing and in the book as a whole. Hardy spends much time describing the landscape to the reader when a new location is introduced in the novel. In the beginning of the second chapter Hardy spends one third of the small chapter describing the area. We are told of the trees, foliage and "dry leaves" as he continues to create a visual in the readers' head. The reader pays attention to this extra detail because of our "instinctive act of humankind to stand and listen". To end the description Hardy explains how Oak's "tiny frame" is minute compared to this wholesome surrounding of the Wessex countryside. ...read more.

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poor and quite weedy like grass itself. The employer herself has a name which rhymes with and is spelt close to Evergreen but this, like the other names is no coincidence. The writer has even incorporated nature into the names of his characters; their names which appear frequently in the text are a reminder that Hardy does enjoy the countryside. For, surely if he did not like the countryside he would not give it so much exposure. A further continuation of the personification of Wessex occurs with the weather Hardy makes sure the reader is aware of what season they are currently in. The area outside the barracks is well described as "a snowy evening". The reader now understands the chilled weather the characters face here. There is a bitter wind here as well as lots of snow. ...read more.

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The name Wessex itself suggests a lot to the reader. Those who know their counties will realise Wessex is actually a fictitious place. It consists of modern day Devon, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Somerset, Dorset and Hampshire. This includes his hometown of Dorchester which he renames Casterbridge. At the front of the book there is an attached map of his made up land. I believe Hardy creates this place so as not to let go of the childhood place which he loved. When he was young he grew up in rural England where the ideals of agricultural life took place which he believed was much better than urban life. Even though rural life has its problems it is not as bad as "townspeople with their cards and announcements". Hardy makes a point of adding that into the novel. He is therefore a nostalgic writer and he wants to relieve this world which now, is becoming extinct. The creation of Wessex shows his dedication and alliance to this rare world. ...read more.

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