Thomas Hardy and his God: A Liturgy of Unbelief by Deborah L. Collins

By Deborah L. Collins

Via a examine of his verse and fiction the writer makes an attempt to provide Hardy's doubtless conflicting perspectives concerning the nature of God and His dating with guy. additionally incorporated is an assimilation of the philosophical affects on Hardy's writing, together with Schopenhauer and Comte. Hardy emerges within the textual content as a determine instantly postmodern in his conviction that lifestyles is a darkling panorama and Carlylean in his emphasis on "loving-kindness" because the needful mood of human relatives.

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When the Nature machine produced in man the ability to recognise design, it accordingly extinguished his ability to understand irrational events and processes. To evil intent, this speaker could respond with action, even if that action is to clench himself heroically in death; to 'Crass Casualty', to the sentient belief that his fate is determined not by design but by dice, he can respond only with anger, frustration, despair, and paralysis. According to this angry voice, Tess is Hardy's most striking and distressing example of the individual trapped between Nature's hap and her own evolved consciousness.

27 Animated by an innocently sensual passion for life, the archetypal dairy-maid is on one hand Nature made flesh in its most luxuriant aspect. Likening her to ripe strawberries, rose blossoms, and a 'thyme-scented morning in May', a smitten narrator reflects that even after three years of mental anguish, 'some spirit within her rose automatically as the sap in the twigs. 28 Tess's nature - as Nature - is irrepressible as the blinded bird's, but unlike the bird she is regrettably convinced that 'purblind Doomsters' will Nature, Danvin, and the Pattern in the Carpet 45 conspire to 'unbloom' her 'best hope ever sown'.

Three people die and are taken back into the Heath; they mingle their strong earth again with its powerful soil, having been broken off at their stem. It is very good. 36 F. R. Leavis commends Hardy for 'the integrity with which he accepted the conclusion, enforced, he believed, by science that nature is indifferent to human values . . the completeness of his recognition... and . . 37 Leavis's early observation that Hardy was 'betrayed into no heroic postures' extends even to the present sub-voice which asks not that man be content with his natural terminal status, but that he accept it, cease to analyse it, and refocus his attention to joys evident in temporal life.

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