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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

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"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.

Middle

"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.

Conclusion

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.

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