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Tess and the color red. (Hardy)

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TESS AND THE COLOR RED For an artist as visually sensitive as Hardy, colour is of the first importance and significance, and there is one colour which literary catches the eye, and is meant to catch it, throughout the book. This colour is red, the colour of blood, which is associated with Tess from first to last. It dogs her, disturbs her, destroys her. She is full of it, she spills it, she loses it. Watching Tess' life we begin to see that her destiny is nothing more or less than the colour red You'll want to make a list of all the times the colour red appears in the novel, from the roses Alec gives Tess, to the monstrous red threshing machine, to the shedding of blood. Divide these images into two groups- the positive, life-affirming ones and the negative, violent ones. Toward the conclusion of your paper, consider why Hardy uses the same colour to represent concepts as opposite as life and death, creation and destruction, love and hate. Discuss the importance of landscapes and environments in Tess. Hardy weaves imagery around the colours C. red and white There are two ways to approach this question. You can either write about Hardy's view of nature and man's place in it; or you can discuss how nature in Tess reflects the characters' feelings. ...read more.

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tess of the durbervilles takes up too many damn pages cause hardy has some freaky fetish with adjectives and descripitions" I think it's interesting how the setting portrays the mood of the scene. Hardy describes the natural settings in different ways depending on how he want the reader to react. The appearance of the surroundings can also appear to change suddenly with a mood change, as just before and after Tess tells Angel about her rape Stonehenge: Although it might seem strange for Tess' arrest to occur at Stonehenge, I have come to the belief that Hardy attempts to symbolise the self-sacrifice of Tess to the entity of through the meaning of this location. Stonehenge is the most ancient monument in Great Britain, having been constructed circa 2800 BC by ancient peoples, of whom we know very little, who inhabited the island until the eighth and seventh centuries BC, when they were displaced by the Celts. During Hardy's time, it was speculated that Stonehenge was of Celtic origin and served a religious function in the culture. It was also understood, through the study of Roman accounts of the Celts, that their religious practices included human sacrifice and that Stonehenge may have been employed for this purpose. ...read more.

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we really don't know who built it or why or when.) so using stonehenge hardy is able to actively confuse his readers. he uses these immense and frightening but meaningless stones to stand for the huge terrifying meaninglessness of tess' story. this novel is not a security blanket, it shows us a world full of threats we cannot understand and therefore cannot avoid. invoking the blind and unknown gods worshipped at stonehenge in a world before history helps hardy to communicate the full threat of his message tess of the durbervilles is set in the fictional county of wessex sometime in the 1880s. although wessex is fictional it is clearly identifiable as dorset in the south west of england (check a map or atlas). by the late 1800s (eg 1880) in dorset the increasing industrialisation of agriculture in the rural areas of britain were rapidly destabilising and destroying the old established farming communities. in tess' world human labour is giving way to mechanised labour, farming for food is being rapidly replaced by farming for money, the country produce is being exported to the cities for sale (rather than consumed in the communities themselves), young men are being drawn away from the countryside to the city in large numbers - leaving a surplus of young women on the farms, people with 'new' money made in the cities are buying up the old noble titles and so on and so on. ...read more.

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