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Disposition, Atmosphere and Place in The Return of the Native During The Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy is very successful in creating mood and atmosphere. Many scenes are so descriptive that a very clear mental image can be formed from the reader, causing a different sense of place. It appears that through his voice, Hardy is submerging the readers right into his narrative letting us participate only as an onlooker. It's in the start that the most powerful mood, the deepest atmosphere and also the most obvious sense of place occurs, as once the scene is set and the characters have been introduced, scenery is much repeated. The book opens with an in-depth description of the heath. This is a perfect example of Hardy's ability to clearly describe a scene, giving us a feeling of place, situating us on the heath. This heath, though apparently merely the geographical location of this narrative, plays a very significant function. The role and symbolism of the heath are truly explored through some of Hardy's statements. "The heavens being spread with this pallid screen, the earth with the darkest vegetation, their meeting-line at the horizon was clearly marked". This is highlighting the vivid contrast between the ground and the sky, leaving the reader with an image of the wild expanse of vegetation. Hardy describes the nature of the heath with the words "It was at present a place perfectly accordant with man's nature - neither ghastly, hateful, nor ugly: neither... unmeaning, nor tame; but like man slighted and enduring...". This is a description of the heath, which leaves the reader with a more powerful sense of place, havi...