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Tess now feels he can understand her problem. When she tells him he refuses to accept it, he has placed Tess on a pedestal and is mortified when she falls from it.

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Tess now feels he can understand her problem. When she tells him he refuses to accept it, he has placed Tess on a pedestal and is mortified when she falls from it. She begs his forgiveness but he has become very cold towards her and doesn't seem to hear her pleas. Hardy really shows the double standards of the day by making both crimes so similar. We can see how differently men and women were treated. Today both genders are treated the same and Tess is seen as a victim, Angel gave consent and so is now seen as the one in the wrong. Angel is very cold and refers to Tess as a different person not the woman he loved. 'You were one person, now you are another'. Angel is too rational and socially aware of Tess' disgrace to forgive her. ...read more.

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In my opinion Tess would have starved before going to Alec for help but just like before the needs of her family push her into a situation she doesn't want to be in. In a final attempt to rectify the situation Tess writes to Angel, when she hears nothing she assumes he has abandoned her and goes to Alec. We sympathise with Tess because she is forced to be with a man she despises while the man she loves is nowhere to be found. When Angel returns, Tess is filled with a conflict of emotions. She is upset because he is too late she is with Alec and cannot leave with Angel. She is happy because she loves him and angry he never wrote to her. Tess then realises she loves Angel and wants to be with him. ...read more.

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At her execution she still has the self-respect she started out with and she tells Angel to look after her sister, even when she is about to die she is thinking of others. For me this shows Tess' true personality caring, gentle and kind. Tess suffers a life of pain, even when she is happy there is always something waiting to ruin her happiness. However she doesn't see herself as a victim. She is a strong character with high moral values and self-respect. Her kind and forgiving nature shines through during the novel. She is a victim of her time because she would not have suffered like she did now. She was a wonderful character, but always had problems due to Alec. Never did she use her looks or bring things on herself she was a complete victim who couldn't take any more suffering. I completely sympathise with Tess and feel no one could feel anything else but sorry for the poor child who'd suffered so much. ...read more.

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