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Analyse Hardy’s use of symbolism and rustic characters in Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

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Analyse Hardy's use of symbolism and rustic characters in Tess of the D'Urbervilles English literature/ language Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 and was brought up by his father in a small town in Dorset, England. Hardy was a sensitive and intelligent child; he progressed diligently through his studies and in his early twenties he was apprenticed to an architect in London. He eventually went back to Dorset and his first published novel appeared in 1871 after which he was able to retire from architecture and work solely on his writing. His bringing up around nature and rustic life influence Hardy to write about it in his novels. Hardy had a deep sense of moral sympathy for England's lower classes, particularly for rural women. He became famous for his compassionate, often controversial portrayal of young women victimised by the arrogant rigidity of English social morality. Perhaps his most famous example of portrayal of such a young women occurred in 1891's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, the story of young Tess's unjust suffering following her premarital sexual encounter with the son of an upper-class merchant. This novel and its successor, 1894's "Jude the Obscure", provoked a lot of public scandal with their comparatively blunt look at the sexual hypocrisy of English society. Hardy was enraged by the controversy caused by his work, and finally abandoned novel writing altogether following 1897's "The Well-Beloved". ...read more.


Nevertheless, they remain helpful to Tess: Marian helps her find a job at a farm called Flintcomb-Ash, and she and Izz write Angel a plaintive letter encouraging him to give Tess another chance. This did not affect the way I think of Tess. I think of Tess to be a beautiful, loyal young women living with her impoverished family in the village of Marlott. Tess is extremely responsible and is committed to doing the best she can for her family. Her life is complicated when her father discovers he is descended from the noble line of the d'Urbervilles. The terrible irony is that Tess and her family are not really related to this branch of the d'Urbervilles at all: Alec's father, Simon Stokes, simply assumed the name after he retired. With the treacle episode, Tess defends herself when she thinks it is appropriate without being what I consider 'rude', which is what Tess always was, loyal. At the beginning of the book, when there are people mocking her father, she shouts, "Look here; I wont walk another inch with you, if u say any jokes about him!" She seems like a typical country girl, yet different in some ways. I would say that Tess and her family are rustic characters even though her ancestors past wealth and social class were higher than theirs themselves. ...read more.


Their lives are depending on what decisions are made by John and Joan Durbeyfield. There are many metaphors used on pages 89-91 which is when the rape occurs. Using metaphors is a better alternative to being too graphic when writing about such an outrageous event such as the rape. "...she had learnt that the serpent hisses where the sweet bird sing," This means there is usually more than what meets the eye. In this situation, I think Tess's views on life and on the world around her after the rape have defiantly changed. This is no surprise as she went through a traumatic experience. Tess feels that no matter where you go, or how pleasant it looks or sounds; there will defiantly be some evil in the world. Thomas Hardy's mother was a great role model to Hardy. She gave him the best knowledge she could. She used to tell Hardy stories, which he used in his novel. One of them is about the baptism of illegitimate babies in their village, which Hardy also used in his novel when Tess baptised her child, Sorrow, with her siblings. He uses colour and nature to emphasise on certain events, signals and moods. Hardy cleverly used his own life experiences and stories to write wonderful and imaginative novels. Tess of the D'Urbervilles may have received many negative responses from the public, but hard to deny, it was a very well written story on a young and innocent country girl, Tess Durbeyfield. Jayni Shah 10R 1 ...read more.

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