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Discuss the importance of nature in Hardy's "Tess of the D'urbervilles".

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Discuss the importance of nature, in Hardy?s ?Tess of the D?urbervilles?. Nature was extremely important in the Victorian era, after God and religion, Hardy shows the importance of nature throughout ?Tess of the D?urbervilles? by certain techniques of language and structure. Hardy uses nature to explain and portray aspects that happened within the Victorian society, and Tess?s life itself; there is always a underlying piece of information. ?They followed the way till they reached the beginning of the ascent on the crest of which vehicle from Tantridge was to receive her? this extract informs us, as readers on several things, not only about Tess but also about the society in the Victorian era. ...read more.


Another word in this quote that shows a strong aspect of society and current government threats is the word ?vehicle? as this portrays the threat of England and the industrial revolution, as well as presenting the equipment available to the upper class, that isn?t available to the lower class; again nature shows the importance of most things. At the very end of the quote the words ?receive her? presents Tess?s move up the social hierarchy as easy, as the upper class was waiting on her arrival, perhaps hinting that Tess?s appealing appearance and character at first to a stronger, however this hypothesis contrasts to earlier in the book when Tess is described as ?queer?. ...read more.


?the dog-cart rocking right and left? this is presenting the sexual aspect to the novel and foreshadowing how there relationship will end, leading to the rape/seduction. This quote finally ends with ?slightly oblique set? this concludes nature showing the danger/caution towards Tantridge itself, and nature enhances this. In conclusion, Hardy successful uses nature to portray the underlying details of the novel, informing us on both the aspects of Tess?s character and mind set that has not yet appeared, as well as the society at the time, giving the reader a deeper view. However, all of the parts that nature shows, builds a conclusion that nature is very important in general, and especially within this novel as it explains a great deal of detail to the reader. ...read more.

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