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Show why Eustacia vye is regarded as tragic character in the return of the native?
July 27, 2007 8:16PM
Eustacia is a queenly woman who feels sadly out of place on Egdon heath, where everyone considers her an oddity and some of the women are sure she is a witch. She longs to become a 'magnificent woman' and, in pursuit of this goal, persuades herself to fall in love with Clym Yeobright simply because he's a gentlemanly sort who has lived in Paris and, she hopes, might take her there after they are married. However, Clym does not take her to Paris; instead, he goes half-blind through too much study and turns to the lowly occupation of furze-cutting, thus dashing proud Eustacia's hopes. Worse, when she inadvertently helps bring about his mother's death, he turns on her and accuses her of murder and adultery. Unable to bear the identity (whore, murderess, witch) that her husband and all Egdon Heath seem determined to foist on her, Eustacia drowns herself.