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In Tess of the DUrbervilles, how does Hardy present Tess and Angels relationship as one that is destined to fail?

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  • Essay length: 1667 words
  • Submitted: 22/01/2012
  • Marked by teacher: (?) Val Shore
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An excellent essay. It remains focused on the title throughout, and each paragraph builds on the previous one to create a convincing argument. The writer has a really thorough knowledge of textual detail, and makes highly effective use of brief quotation to support the points being made. In addition, the writer has an excellent general and technical vocabulary, which help to create a sophisticated and persuasive response.

Marked by teacher Val Shore 17/06/2012

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In Tess of the D'Urbervilles, how does Hardy present Tess and Angel's relationship as one that is destined to fail?

In Hardy's tragic novel, nothing is as clear as it seems. Although Alec D'Urberville was the ostensible instigator of the protagonist Tess Durbeyfield's downfall, it must be argued that Angel Clare plays just as a significant role in her destruction. Initial contemporary readings saw Tess and Angel's relationship as doomed by Tess' past, while more modern interpretations point to Angel's decision to leave for the failure of the marriage. Throughout the novel, Hardy makes great use of foreshadowing in order to emphasise how the numerous tragedies in his protagonist's life cumulate in disaster. This has never been more apparent than with Tess and Angel: as a keystone of the novel, their relationship is haunted by the spectre of the past all the way through.

By introducing Angel almost as soon as he establishes Tess' character, Hardy makes it clear from the outset that this relationship will be more significant than any other.. It is evident that Angel and Tess will fall in love, but what is even more arresting is Angel's initial and lasting impression that Tess

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An excellent essay. It remains focused on the title throughout, and each paragraph builds on the previous one to create a convincing argument. The writer has a really thorough knowledge of textual detail, and makes highly effective use of brief quotation to support the points being made. In addition, the writer has an excellent general and technical vocabulary, which help to create a sophisticated and persuasive response.

Marked by teacher Val Shore 17/06/2012

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