Towards the end of the novel Tess of D’Urbervilles, Hardy says that if Aeschylus had been the author of the novel, he would have described the story of Tess as a game played by the president of the Immortal. Hardy seeks to suggest that according to Aeschylus man is but a toy in the hands of some supreme powers which may suitably be called the president of the immortality. Whether Aeschylus exclusively advocates the supremacy of fate or some Devine power is a question which is not without controversy. But since our subject is Hardy, and Aeschylus, we should not enter into the thorny area of Aeschylus is fatalism. Hardy seems to be much in common with Shakespeare in so far as his tragic vision is concerned. Shakespeare thinks that though there is divinity that shapes our end, we are also party responsible for our consequences. Some say that Shakespeare is out to illustrate the formula – ‘character is destiny’ what Shakespeare intends to do, is to emphasize the reality that tragedy is a joint product of both character ad fate and circumstances. Macbeth, for example, is over ambitious. But this is not excursively the cause of his fall. He meets the weird sisters at a crucial time. He marries a lady who adds fuel to the fire of his ambition. King Duncan takes the initiative in visiting the castle of Macbeth at a crucial hour. All these factors jointly prepare the ground which eventually proves to be the grave of Macbeth has his fall partly for his vaulting ambition and partly for a set of situations. Hardy insists on this format of joint responsibility, especially in his novel, The Return of The Native. The novel records the life of a man, called Clym Yeobright who is strikingly above the average. Though he has many starting qualities, he has his flaw too. He is extremely obstinate and terribly idealistic. But whatever his flaw there may be in his character, he alone is not responsible for the tragic catastrophe of the novel. He is confronted to a number of adverse situations. And the combination of his flaw and the unfavourable situations bring about his disaster.