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Analyse Hardy's Presentation Of The Ineluctability Of Fate In Phase The First Of Tess Of The D'Ubervilles.

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Analyse Hardy's Presentation Of The Ineluctability Of Fate In Phase The First Of Tess Of The D'Ubervilles. Thomas Hardy, influenced by classic readings, presents Tess' bad fate throughout the novel. The ancient Greeks used fate as a guiding force in their plays. To the Greeks (and later Romans) the Fates were, literally, three goddesses-Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos-who control human destiny and life.Hardy believed that everyone is a toy in the hands of fate, and that fate is particularly harsh to women, this thought is clearly shown and developed in his portrayal of Tess in Tess Of The D'Ubervilles. Hardy uses different techniques to present this ineluctable luck of Tess'. Throughout phase the first Thomas Hardy assembles a causal chain of events. It begins with the news from Parson Tringham of the D'Ubervilles ancestry, which seems to augur a hopeful change in their fortunes, however this is a technique used by Hardy to build suspense, playing with emotion, to make a bigger impact. However the change is not a positive one as John Durbeyfield expects, but a tragic one that destroys the life of an innocent young lady and leads onto Tess' ill fate. ...read more.

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However the audience won't make the direct link with this as Hardy doesn't go into depth about it. Hardy mentions her red mouth describing it in depth, illustrating every curve and shape, 'and her lower lip had a way of thrusting the middle of her top one upward.' This detail description of Tess' mouth informs the audience of her purity and innocence of her un-kissed lips, and how that she is still a young woman. The audience can then allow themselves to feel how Tess must have felt during several of her ordeals. Another example of the use of red is the blood of Prince, which splashes on her white dress. This is portrayed as a symbol of Tess' innocence being disturbed and destroyed by this passionate colour. Hardy also refers to hunting in this phase, another literal technique to present Tess' ill fate. This symbolizes how Tess has been hunted down by her fate and is the victim in the novel. The market town where Tess is before her seduction by Alec is named 'Chaseborough'. ...read more.

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In phase the first he introduces the first stages of her fate preparing the audience as he then continues the novel, unfolding further unlucky scenarios. The structure used by Hardy displays how one small thing lead onto the disasters, and misfortunes in Tess' life. The structure in the first phase also introduces the novel and sets up how Tess came to work for the D'Ubervilles and meet Alec . This allows the audience to feel great sympathy towards Tess as each unlucky event leads on to create a new one. The use of imagery portrays the devastating future lined up for Tess in the novel. Associating it with the colour red concludes her life, and allows the audience to link many different emotions with Tess. The narrative technique used by Hardy add more for the reader to contemplate about, thinking more deeply into the occurrences in Tess' life and how her life may continue from this point in the novel. Overall Hardy ensures the first phase in Tess Of The D'Ubervilles captures the reader with the ill omens he installs in Tess' life, ensuring they continue, feeling the sorrow and pain for Tess. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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