Portrayal of Thomas Hardy’s Life element in his novel The Return of the Native
Dr. Babita Tyagi
This paper intensively discuss the autobiographical element of Thomas Hardy persuaded him to write his novel The Return of the Native. Places, Characters are based on real time characters witnessed by him in his lifetime. It repeats the incidents that took place in 1840 and 1850.The tales of heath –croppers, reddleman, mummers, stories of witchcraft and superstitious beliefs and practices narrated to him by his grandmother in his childhood had long lasting impacts on his memories. The imprints of all those events are reflected in this novel. Some incidents personally witnessed by him continue to haunt his memories and they became the part of novel. The mother-son relationship is mainly based on Hardy’s own relation. EgdonHeath,the place of action in the novel in similar to the Heathland adjacent to Higher Bockhampton. The cottage of Mrs. Yeobright is the replica of Hardy’s mother cottage. It was the birth place of Hardy. The paper presents various events, places, character and incidents reflecting the autobiographical element of Thomas Hardy.