Study Guide

The Return of the Native Three Act Plot Analysis

By Thomas Hardy

Three Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Books 1 and 2: The beginning until Eustacia and Clym get married.

Act II

Books 3 and 4: Eustacia and Clym's marriage goes increasingly south, Mrs. Yeobright dies in the novel's climax, and Clym and Eustacia part after a huge argument.

Act III

Books 5 and 6: It's the death and marriage section. Half the cast dies tragically, and the rest get endings ranging from OK to happy.