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

Set in Wessex, "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" is a novel, which disregards the conventions of sexual morality on women. Hardy produced a very sensitive view of women

Extracts from this document...


"Tess of the D'Urbervilles" Coursework "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" was published in 1891. Set in Wessex, "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" is a novel, which disregards the conventions of sexual morality on women. Hardy produced a very sensitive view of women through his portrayal of Tess, in this book. He connects Tess with nature, because he believed that women were more closely tied to nature than men and this is shown through his description of the settings. This idea meant that there was going to be clashes with artificial laws of morality and his view of women was in conflict with the accepted view of women, at the time. It's subtitle "A pure woman" infuriated critics as no writer in the 19th century could seriously imagine that a woman heroine who has a illegitimate child and ends up committing murder could uncontroversially be called "pure". Hardy Wanted people to discuss this subtitle. The subtitle was condemned immoral and pessimistic. Hardy tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, the daughter of a poor villager, who finds out that his family may have descended from a noble ancestry. The novel explores through Tess's relationship with two different men, Angel and Alec D'Urberville. ...read more.


"On a THYME-SCENTED, bird hatching morning in May..." Hardy makes Talbothays seem like a warm, beautiful place by his descriptions. He describes the landscape as being rich and beautiful by comparing it to milk and butter "... The valley of the great dairies, the valley in which in which milk and butter grew to rankness" He describes the cows stretching across the landscape from east to west and claims that the air is much cleaner than any other place Tess has been "... the new air was clear..." He shows us that Tess is enjoying her life here very much and she thinks no-one would know about her past to judge her upon it here "...sense of being amid new scenes where there were no invidious very upon her, sent up here spirits wonderfully." Hardy mentions that women are more closely tied to nature than men and that's why he uses landscape to affect the mood of Tess "... women whose chief companions are the forms and forces of outdoor Nature retain in their souls far more of the Pagans fantasy of their remote forefathers". In this part of the book Hardy mentions a river of life, in reference; to the baptism of Tess's baby "The Froom waters were ...read more.


After a while, Angel returns to Tess, but finds out she is married to Alec. Tess then kills Alec and runs off with Angel. They spend a few days to together, which they enjoy, but after that Tess is caught and killed. Angel and Tess sister comfort each other after her death, and soon marry each other. In this novel, Hardy bases everything on setting. He uses a great deal of description on settings. The setting helps the reader know what is going to happen to Tess and how she feels. He uses the surroundings and weather to give us a picture of how Tess feels. His description of scenery reflect on Tess's feelings accurately, but sometimes Hardy describes too much and goes off the point, in this book. Hardy's descriptions of setting, also makes reference to society and social expectations. Hardy believed that society's view of women was wrong and emphasised it in his books. He compares women with nature, as he believed they were closer tied to nature than men. Hardy use of setting is very important in "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" The setting reflects on Tess's life throughout this book, giving us an insight into Tess's life and all other mistreated women. He also uses the setting to help predict the future for Tess in this book, which is really clever. 1 ...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. Thomas Hardy Said His Subtitle 'A Pure Woman' Caused More Debate Than Anything Else. ...

    'I don't know...answered the girl restlessly...I killed the horse... I suppose I ought to do something to get ye a new one. But - but I don't quite like Mr D'Urberville being there!', this shows us that Tess is uncomfortable working while Alec is present but she's going to work there because its her responsibility to get her parents

  2. How does Hardy use setting in "Tess Of The d'Urbervilles" in order to portray ...

    He might have ended the chapter in darkness in order to refer to the burying of Tess' child - an indication to the depreciation of sunlight that is provided beneath the soil. So in this case, not only does Hardy describe Tess' surroundings but also her child.

  1. Compare the ways in which the Writers of 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'Tess of ...

    When Offred thinks of Moira, ("Moira had power now...she'd set herself loose") or looks at the word "FAITH" on the embroidered cushion, we are aware that the "true power" of the Republic of Gilead is doomed to failure precisely because it cannot eradicate faith in human nature, nor, like Offred's

  2. Symbolism in Tess of the D'urbervilles

    Hardy talks disapprovingly of the house. The fact that he compares the its red colour to the green of nature, is as though he is comparing the good of nature against the house, and showing what a contrast there is.

  1. Contrast the descriptions of Flint comb - Ash and Talbothays, showing How Hardy uses ...

    She goes In search of ancient family connections in the hope of getting a job. It is Trantridge that she first meets the sexually dominating, Alec D'urberville, whom she is later to fall victim to. Alec's first words to Tess, are, "Well, my beauty, what can I do for you?"

  2. Explore Hardy's use of settings at Talbothays in phase the third and at Flintcomb-Ash ...

    She stops to listen and Angel talks to her. Soon their relationship is growing. Then Tess and Angel meet in the early hours of the morning in the "Twilight of the morning light", The atmosphere is very intense in the spectral half compounded aqueous light".

  1. Tess of the D'Urbervilles- A Pure Woman.' Who or what does Hardy blame for ...

    Hardy has presented to us the description of the ideal melodramatic 'rogue' in his depiction of Alec on encountering Tess. From just the one paragraph on Alec's appearance we are given warnings that Tess should be wary of this character.

  2. How does Hardy highlight the conflict between social convention and natural humanity in his ...

    Tess is also described as ?nature personified? in this extract, as she seamlessly blends into her surroundings. The ?minute diamonds of moisture? that hung from Tess show that all things natural are attracted to her, that she is adorned by natural beauty and that she is inextricably linked to nature.

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