SOCIAL SCIENCES STUDIES JOURNAL, vol.7, no.86, pp.3289-3297, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
If Thomas Hardy’s novels are analyzed, it is noticed that he could be a Victorian Age eco-fictionist. Hardy is evaluated as a pessimistic novelist and accused of trying to draw his protagonists as slaves of their fates. Yet, Hardy entitles himself as a meliorist who reckons that the good manners of human beings might change the world for the better. It is sensed that while the novelist expressing his feelings aims to push the boundaries of his age because he includes different issues in his novels. To illustrate, he uses Stonehenge in Tess of the D’Urbervilles and uses a spyglass in The Return of the Native. While using past issues, he foresees the approaching catastrophes of the Earth in the 21st century. Therefore, this study argues that Thomas Hardy could be a Victorian Age eco-fictionist who warns human beings with his novels Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Far from the Madding Crowd, Under the Greenwood Tree, The Woodlanders and The Return of the Native.