Moral Luck in Thomas Hardy's Fiction
Philosophy and Literature, Volume 34, Number 1, pp. 82-94.
By Chengping Zhang
Thomas Hardy is notorious for driving his characters into the grave
with untimely chance and luck. This essay interprets his idiosyncrasy
as an exploration of the problem of "moral luck" to confront the reader
with fundamental ethical questions. My examination of four cases of
moral luck in Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd and The Return of the Native
shows that they produce different effects in the two novels and invite
different ethical response due to genre differences; and embracing both
versions of ethical experience will help the reader understand the
nature of moral luck and moral judgment.
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