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Considering the attitudes to women in that time, in what way is TessA) The VictimB) A Pure Women

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Considering the attitudes to women in that time, in what way is Tess A) The Victim B) A Pure Women During Victorian England, women were not treated fairly by today's standards. They became victims because society treated them differently to men. The character Tess from Tess of the d'Urbervilles was potentially one of these victims. In Victorian times people used the idea of purity, an idea of adultery and divorce, and feminine sexuality to trap women. In Victorian Society, there were two types of women: 'Fallen' women and 'Good' women. Good women were women who were usually virgins upon marriage in other words they did not believe in sex before marriage, it was wrong and should only happen when men and women are wedded. They were either married or going to be married, had very little education, were trained in domestic affairs (sewing, cooking, housekeeping, etc.) and they had little or no voice over what was asked of them to do which again as I mentioned earlier is the domination of the male. ...read more.


This is also shown as she christens her baby (which dies shortly after being born) "sorrow" meaning grief, unhappiness and regret, showing that Tess is doubting her innocence as you cannot regret something you have not done yourself. Although she thinks she is guilty, while Angel is away in brazil she starts to question herself, saying to the dieing pheasants "Poor darlings - to suppose myself the most miserable being on earth in the sight o' such misery as yours!" This gives the impression that she is innocent and childlike like a pure women, as she puts an innocent creatures pain first and forgets her own troubles to feel sympathy for the bird. Hardy could also possibly be reflecting the painful life which Tess leads as she breaks the pheasants necks to stop their slow, painful death as she is waiting for Angel to come back to stop her slow and painful death. This shows that Tess's victimisation is influenced by other people and it stops when there is no one there to induce her. ...read more.


If Tess would have wanted to become near-atheist (QUOTE) nowadays, there would be no problem as we live in multi-faith society where you are rarely judged by what you believe, then Alec D'urberville might not have fallen for her and she may not have been raped as she would of grown up and became who she wanted to be and not how her parents wanted her to be. If Alec d'Urberville had still raped her nowadays the law would of punished him, putting him in prison probably for the rest of his life so there would be no reason for Tess to do the punishing and therefore there would be no reason for her to end in death. Angel would of walked "hand in hand" with Tess instead of Liza-Lu and her life would not of been as dramatic as it was. Comparing this to the life that she led in the 1880's shows how the time that you are born can affect your life and that Tess was also a victim of this. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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