• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explore Hardys presentation of the journey to Talbothys and the second introduction to Angel Clare.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

English Literature Sarah Pearce Yasha Izadpanah Explore Hardys presentation of the journey to Talbothys and the second introduction to Angel Clare. Tess's journey to Talbothys is representative of more than a change of location and occupation. The journey is symbol of a new life for Tess; a fresh start where she can start to recoup her lost innocence and begin anew. We are aware of Tess's need for change from events and descriptions in the previous chapter. From this chapter the reader has quite an insight into the disconsolate nature of Tess's thoughts and emotions: "'Oh merciful God, Have Pity upon my poor baby!' She cried. 'Heap as much anger as you want upon me, and welcome; but pity the child!'" Two years have passed and we are aware of this from the change in seasons. This is quite a symbolic definition of time as it is also where Tess in essence has a movement into Adult hood. ...read more.

Middle

This is important as this significance comes from her new surroundings, Hardys intention here was to communicate to the reader that Tess's movement into a flourishing environment has an astounding affect on her mood. This has the effect of communicating to the audience her comfort within nature and again her increasingly strong link with nature and her surroundings. It is often the case where Tess's Feelings are reflected by her environment. The luscious vales explicitly echo Tess's New found happiness which resonates in the bright sunshine in May. This imagery on the journey is all symbolic; this can be defined through Hardys structure of narrative. He often uses graphical descriptions, for example the bright sun, as subtle signs or omens. In this case for example the sun on the journey could be perceived as a graphic omen of happiness for Tess at Talbothys. However these interpretations are subjective so can not be taken literally and full proof, however what is clear is that the bright sun has a clear and positive effect of the readers perception of mood and atmosphere. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is all a symbolic reference to the character contrast, these representations are binary opposites from Alec, who is a man who obtains none of these attributes as he is rapacious and possessive, believing that his status in society and his financial situation gives him power to possess and control Tess. We soon find out that Angel is far more liberated and in his own rights been repressed himself, however Angel in truth is quite the hypocrite and equally as dogmatic and obstinate as Alec. The first actual introduction to Angel Clare happens in chapter eighteen. The reader begins sympathetically towards Angel due to the situation with his father, as we feel and emphasise with him from this perceived act of oppression. However there is suspicion placed under Angel by the reader when they see the possibility of him and Tess becoming an item, after finding out that he had an affair with a London lady. However the initial introduction of Angel Clare is a positive representation and the reader sees him as a welcome alternative to Alec. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Tess of the d'Urbervilles section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Tess of the d'Urbervilles essays

  1. "Compare George Eliot's treatment of religion in Middlemarch with Thomas Hardy's in Tess of ...

    It was not just this lack of faith though that was a problem for religion at the time, but also as to which particular type to subscribe to. There was a split and new evolution of religion in England, which saw the minority Roman Catholics treated unfairly as opposed to

  2. Tess od The D'urbervilles

    Angel leaves Tess and gives her money, but because she sends a lot of hit home to her parents, it doesn't last long and Tess is too proud to ask the Clare family. We then see from here Tess's downward spiral, this is also reflected in nature, for example when

  1. Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891) by Thomas Hardy.

    What passes for "Justice" is in fact one of the pagan gods enjoying a bit of "sport," or a frivolous game. Changing Ideas of Social Class in Victorian England Tess of the d'Urbervilles presents complex pictures of both the importance of social class in nineteenth-century England and the difficulty of defining class in any simple way.

  2. Essay to compare how the theme of tragedy is portrayed in Daphne du Maurier's ...

    The word "deadly" tells us Mary is traumatised by these stories so she feels violently ill, as though the stories have killed her innocence and she feels empathy for the people, as if she is dying with them. I think this word is used to show her negative feelings towards

  1. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles - review

    Tess, and she finds out that her father has a heart condition, and this would severely impact the family income. This is because in those days, women were supposed to stay at home, and let her husband work and go outside while she stays at home cooking or looking after children.

  2. Tess of the D'urbervilles.

    The setting of Talbothays is "so lush and fertile as to become a symbolic world"2 for Tess' rebirth. She is so fully immersed in the overflowing fertility of the Valley of the Great Dairies that it is natural for her to find new life again.

  1. An analysis of the significance of chapter 37, to the novel as a whole;

    Within this chapter, Angel' emotions have been put across a great deal more than they have been throughout the book. Within this chapter his sleepwalking expresses his state of mind. The words he spoke when he first entered the room, suggests that he feels the love between himself and Tess is now dead.

  2. Hardy's skill in creating mood through the use of nature in his novel 'Tess ...

    The infant mortality rate was very high and weak individuals, particularly babies, did not stand much of a chance. The opening of the book is set in the village of Marlott, where Tess had grown up and spent all of her childhood years, not venturing far from the village and its surroundings.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work