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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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