Saturday, May 8, 2010
Setting of The Trumpet-Major
The novel, like Vanity Fair, deals with Napoleonic England, though taking place a decade earlier. Whereas Waterloo was a land battle in Belgium, Trafalgar is a naval battle off the coast of Spain. Nevertheless, much of the action happens in the rural setting. Hardy uses the background of war to show the effect of the conflict on the lower classes.
The above painting is Battle of Trafalgar (1823-24) by J.M.W Turner.