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Tess Of the D`urbervilles - "Once victim, Always victim, that`s the law "Discuss this quotation in relation to Tess.

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Tess Of the D`urbervilles Coursework Mark Jenkins 11TH "Once victim, Always victim, that`s the law " Discuss this quotation in relation to Tess. Tess always seems to be the victim in the story, but is that really the case ? Personally, I think that she is being victimised because of her na�vity, and that Hardy tries to make us take her side. When Alec rapes her, she does nothing to disuade him from his attempt, all except for muttering " stop ". This comes back to haunt her during her relationship with Angel Clare, when she tells him what happened. He thought that she was pure and virginal, that is what he wanted to see when he looked at her, but he didn`t look close enough to see her pain, so Tess is haunted again by the evnts of her past. ...read more.

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He takes her back to an old house, where they stay until they are discovered. They then take flight over the countryside, finally resting at Stonehenge where the police finally catch up to them, and take Tess into the dawn. In relation to this, many women who have had an experiance of rape find it hard to become accustomed to a genuine loving relationship without having psychological flashbacks to the rape. It is at times like this when the quotation " once a victim, always a victim, thats the law " comes into effect. It always seems like they have done something wrong, but cannot explain what because they did not do anything. ...read more.

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Tess`s experiences can teach us a lot about the era in which she lived, and the social structures of the time. If a woman is raped, then she is seen as ' unclean ' and no longer virginal. This should not be allowed, because a woman should remain a virgin until she has sex with her consent, and not be forced into it by any man, or indeed woman. The end part of the quotation " thats the law " has many meanings, but i think that the main and most obvious one is that the police want to catch anyone they can, regardless of whether they commited the offence, just going on past records. The quotation applies to real life, and to Tess`s era in equal measure. ...read more.

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