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  1. Tess of the D'urbervilles - How far do you agree that Tess is responsible for herown suffering?

    Tess helps out a lot around the house, as Tess's parents seem to be quite careless and unrealistic so she is left with all of the responsibility "Monday washing which had now as always lingered on to the end of the week". I think that Tess's family and where she lives could also make an impact on whether Tess is responsible for her own suffering as she lives in a very small community where everyone relies on each other so she hasn't really ever been out in the world on her own.

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  2. To what extent is Tess a tragic heroine? Thomas Hardy - Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    Tragic theatre was popular in ancient Greece, which is where the word itself comes from (literally meaning 'goat-song'). Such famous Greek tragedies include 'Oedipus' and 'Antigone'. Since then, tragedy has appeared in all areas, including opera (almost all operas in fact!), theatre (of which some the most famous are credited to William Shakespeare) and, of course, literature. The nature of tragedy in a fictional work can be created by two separate influencing factors. One is the weaknesses and eventual downfall of a character, as is the case in 'Othello', for example. Othello's consuming jealousy leads to the death of his wife and his own death by suicide.

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  3. English Essay on "Tess of the D'urbervilles" and " The Boarding House"

    Tess is sensual and na�ve in her own rights. She is portrayed by her long time admirer who wants no more from you than what every teenage boy dreams of; pleasure, as " his beauty". His pursuit for Tess is initial and lustful. He wants power over her just as he has over his horse. Later on he appears to be caring and gentle, almost as if he cares for her. However, that behavior is not an act that can be described as altruistic. It is very perceptible that his obsessive self is truly he and an act to possess Tess.

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  4. A sense of entrapment pervades both 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' and 'The Handmaid's Tale'. Explore the theme of entrapment in these two texts, making careful comparisons between them and commenting particularly on the narrative strategy of each text.

    In 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles', Thomas Hardy uses an omniscient narrator, but Hardy is an intrusive narrator upon his own narration, to voice his own opinion or reflect upon life in general. The omniscient narrator provides us with information that Tess herself does not have access to. Consequently, frequently in the novel the narrator of Tess will focus on an event in her life to tell us directly there will be future consequences for her, which reinforces inevitability as an entrapping force. The world created in 'The Handmaid's Tale' is classed as dystopian because the utopian ideals have gone wrong.

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  5. How does ‘Old Mrs. Chundle’ by Thomas Hardy, And ‘A visit of Charity’, by Eudora Welty reflect Changing attitudes towards old people?

    However the idea failed, as the lady still was unable to hear the priest. But the curate had another idea. He thought to put the lady directly in front of the pulpit again this created a new problem which was Mrs. Chundle had an awfully bad breath and was distracting the curate and making him feel sick. Now he decided to discourage the old lady from going to mass. He thought that he would pay a visit to the old lady to stop her going to mass. When he arrived at her house, he found out that Mrs.

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  6. Discuss how the two writers engage the Reader’s interest in their short stories.

    The reader is able to easily identify with the characters and in this way quickly becomes involved with them. As well as stereotyping the characters Lively chooses to stereotype the surroundings. "She walked through the flowers, the girl, ox- eye daises and vetch cow parsley." This helps to build up the scene of a warm summer's day with a girl skipping innocently through the fields. What this does is build up the stereotyping ready for when she reverses them at the end. I will go into this in further detail later on in the essay. Hardy also stereotyped his characters.

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  7. How does each author emphasise the differences between social and natural law and illustrate the difficulties the characters face?

    The formality of the Church's rules did not allow for the response to individual circumstances. The Church's convention is something that Hardy subtly disputes, but he is not undermining the religion, merely disagreeing with the restrictive practices. 'If only (they) two were concerned', his decision needed not to have been concerned with social convention. However, if he had gone against the liturgy, the disapproval of society would have been great. This is the struggle between the laws of society and nature.

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  8. Through an examination of Tess of the D’Urbervilles and The French Lieutenant’s Woman, discuss the role played by women in Victorian society.

    The fact that 'she died on the day Hitler invaded Poland' obviously shows us that she is a creature of the Victorian age only. Tess Durbeyfield is the definitive 'independent woman'. While most Victorian women feel that they are incomplete without a man, she is happy to live alone. However, the irony of her life is that this independence and refusal to be tied down only makes her more attractive to men. I think that Mrs. Poultney represents the sum of Charles' doubts and fears about his relationship with Ernestina.

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  9. How does Hardy highlight the conflict between social convention and natural humanity in his novel, Tess of the dUrbervilles?

    Hardy therefore has to write very obliquely about the scenes instead of explicitly. The novel tells the story of the main protagonist, Tess, a young country girl as yet ?untinctured by experience? meeting a rich, manipulative kinsman, Alec Stoke-d?Urberville, who is her physical and social superior and who takes advantage of her. Alec keeps returning into her life, making Tess wish she had never met him. The only way to get him out of her life is to commit the most unlawful crime against humanity, murder.

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