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'In her relations with both Alec and Angel, Tess is the victim of her own conscience rather than of male cruelty and censure.'

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'In her relations with both Alec and Angel, Tess is the victim of her own conscience rather than of male cruelty and censure.' Thomas Hardy's novel "Tess of the D'urbervilles" is about three characters. Tess, Alec and Angel. Tess is a young country girl and the novel follows stages of her life. When we first see Tess, she is wearing white dress that shows purity. She is also the only one of the girls to be wearing a red ribbon. Hardy uses this colour to make us take notice of her. He also means blood, danger and passion. She acts according to nature but is also very aware of what society demands. The problems follow Tess when she meets Alec. Hardy spends a lot of time describing the nature. ...read more.

Middle

This is the first time we see him, we already know that he is not going to be good for Tess. Alec is attracted to Tess because she is "handsome" although not beautiful. Tess is not attracted to Alec and she doesn't love him. She looks more mature than her age. Alec can't be blamed for finding her attractive but he can be blamed for having sex with Tess. After this Tess leaves Alec 's house because she does not love Alec. When Tess returns home Hardy describe the world as fertile and beautiful. She "gazed over the familiar green world beyond, now half- veiled in mist. It was always beautiful from here, it was terribly beautiful to Tess to-day." Hardy shows Tess 's link with nature and she is also fertile. ...read more.

Conclusion

He eventually sees Tess. When she sees Angel she gets surprised and very shocked. She goes home and kills Alec because he lied to her. Angel and Tess convince each other and they keep it as a secret. She lives with Angel for a week, the society founds out that she killed Alec and the society arrests her. Tess gives sacrifice for the society, so the society doesn't see her as a bad woman. I think Tess is really the victim of her own conscience than the other two men, Alec and Angel. At the beginning of the novel she controls her self and is responsible for what happens to her but in the middle of the novel she loose her control. Alec and Angel are wilful, controlling and guilty of harming Tess. The over-spiritualised Angel is more developed than rather too devilish Alec, but neither is easily read as convincing or credible. They in contrast to Tess are more dimensional characters. ...read more.

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