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Is being in love always a happy experience? With references to the main characters in 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles', show the range of emotions love can bring.

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles Is being in love always a happy experience? With references to the main characters in 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles', show the range of emotions love can bring. Thomas Hardy was born in June 1840 and was educated until he was 16 near Dorchester. By 1867 Hardy had begun to write his first unpublished novel, 'The Poor Man and the Lady'. By the time he had married his wife in 1874 he had written four novels and was earning a living as a writer. It total Thomas Hardy has written eleven novels, one of which is 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' set in 'Wessex'. The novel was first introduced to the public in 1891 after three publishers who all said it would be born into controversy had rejected it. This was because it was unheard of for a young woman to be unmarried with a young baby because of the social aspects of that time. Despite this, many women readers considered Tess to be the heroin of the novel. In 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' it is clear that love is not always a happy experience as shown by Tess, Angel and to some extent Alec D'Urberville. ...read more.

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Despite this, Tess' feelings for Angel are too strong and they have happiness falling in love with one another. Tess however feels guilty because she knows how much the other dairymaids feel for Angel and believes each of them to be more worthy of his love. She tells Angel 'I am not good enough - not worthy enough'' Angel, however does not give up, he has to asks Tess to marry him several times before she finally agrees because she thinks he truly loves her and so maybe can forgive her past. The secret that Tess hides from Angel makes her feel very guilty because he has done so much for her, this makes her feel she owes it to him to tell him what she is hiding. Eventually the night before their wedding Tess decides she needs to tell Angel the truth so writes a note confessing everything. She posts it under his door and hopes that he will be able to forgive her. The next morning, Tess is relived when Angel seems normal around her and so naturally believes he has read the letter and has forgiven her. However, when she discovers the letter unopened in his room she is unable to tell him herself before they marry. ...read more.

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When Tess finds Angel, she tells him that she has killed Alec however he does not believe her. 'Angel, do you know what I have been running after you for? To tell you that I have killed him!' Angel soon realises that Tess is telling the truth and decides it is best that they leave. Tess and Angel end up at Stonehenge where they spend their last happy night together. This part in the book is where the couple are at their happiest together because they truly love one another without having any secrets from one another. Angel feels the need to protect Tess but in the morning guards arrive to take Tess away. Although they are both expecting this it is hard for them to separate for the final time. A black flag goes up at a castle at the end of the book to symbolise Tess' execution. 'A few minutes after the hour had struck something moved slowly up the staff, and extended itself upon the breeze. It was a black flag.' 'Tess of the D' Urbervilles' is a clear example that love is not always a happy experience. There are many joyous, happy experiences but with these come many sad, unhappy experiences of love. Despite all of these events, Hardy still makes Tess the heroin of the story. Pamela Smith Candidate number: 3250 Tess of the D'Urbervilles essay ...read more.

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