In Thomas Hardy’s poem “Her Dilemma,” it relates to book one of the novel Return of the Native in the concept of marriage and distrust of feelings. In both the poem and the novel, the woman’s feelings and emotions cause conflict in her marriage. It is interesting that both these literary works has a marriage transpire with one person doubtful, especially during a time when divorce was unconceivable. The question arises, should a
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to elaborate on the wedding, yet much of the focus is on feelings.
In the poem, the woman who marries the man out of pity is similar to Thomasin marrying Wildeve simply because of society’s norms. Neither of them wanted to get married, but made a life-long commitment simply because of their feelings. This shows the distrust of feelings and their effects on a person. Both of these works relate well to each other.