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Tess Of The D'Urbervilles - review

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Introduction

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles Coursework Tess Of The D'Urbervilles was written by Thomas Hardy, in 1891. This is a tragic victorian novel, in which Thomas Hardy has shown how fate, chance, and coincidence can affect a life and how much things can change. This novel depicts the story of Tess, a young girl who just turns into a woman, living in the Victorian lower class, as she moves through her life and what happens in between. Thomas Hardy has shown how class very much so affected life in Victorian Times, and he also showed how men used to dominate women, and the injustice of existence, and we shall explore this further later on. Hardy has very negative views on life; as to how fate, chance and coincidence can twist existence, thus making things take a turn for the worse. Tess has been described as a "toy in the hands of fate", this is because what happens to her through fate is as if fate is just toying around with her and not being serious. It's rather like a small child holding a toy car in his hand, he will hit it against places and throw it around and be rough with it, rather as with Tess, Tess being the car and fate being the child. On the way home to the village of Marlott, a middle aged peddler named John Durbeyfield encounters an old Parson who surprises him by calling him "Sir John". The old parson (who was referred to as Parson Tringham) told John Durbeyfield how he had traced back the family histories and discovered that John Durbeyfield is a descendent of the noble family the D'Urbervilles, but since the old family roots go so far back they are now meaningless, but John Durbeyfield begins to feel like a very important person about this, so rather than walking home like he usually does, he sends a young boy to call a horse and carriage to take him home. ...read more.

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Tess sees the problems that the family face and how hard they work, so she is determined to try and make things better. Again, you see Hardy's negative view on life, you see that Tess has seen the problems, and that she can only hope and try, but she has now left it up to fate, that they were meant to be like this, because they are on a "blighted" star. Hardy believes that you are trapped in your social class and that you cannot move out of it, since Tess knows this; and as she said herself, that they are on a "blighted star", had they been not, then "Father would not have coughed and creeped about as he does, or got too tipsy on his journey". This clearly states what Tess thinks, had they not been in a lower class (or on a "blighted star" as she put it), then father would not have had to celebrate that he was a "lineal representative of the ancient and knightly family of the d'Urbervilles" and thus would not have got drunk over it, leaving Tess to do his work for him; and, ultimately, leading to her inevitably ill-fated (and somewhat sticky) end. After this conversation, Abraham falls asleep, leaving Tess to reflect on things that have happened. Eventually Tess falls asleep and dreams about a "gentlemanly suitor" who scowls at her and sneers at her. Suddenly Tess is awoken by a tragedy. She jumped up and discovered that the mail-cart had hit her father's horse, named Prince. A shaft from the mailman's cart went into Prince's chest like a hot knife through butter, causing him to bleed and die instantly. The carriage that Tess was on was then hitched up onto a wagon belonging to a local farmer so that Tess could take the beehives to sell. The horse was taken back to Tess's home later, and as Tess went home later that day she felt very guilty about it indeed, and no-one was harder on her than she was on herself. ...read more.

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changing his family name from Stoke to D'Urberville * Angel not choosing not dance with Tess; if he had perhaps her life would have been much better and would not have involved the treacherous Alec. * The accidental death of Prince their horse * Tess' bad luck in being held up with her drunken friends (this is the scene right before she gets raped) * When Mrs.D'Urberville sends Tess a offering her a job looking after the fowls; but when Tess looks for nearby jobs she finds none These are more than enough points to show that fate has been playing around with Tess. I think that although this novel is rich in symbolism; shows Tess as a toy in the hands of fate; illustrates the traits of social class; still seems unrealistic as bad luck seems to pile up on her. But I still think that Tess is a toy in the hands of fate because of the way the things happen to her; they would be near impossible to happen in other circumstances. Thomas Hardy has very strong views and she shows them beautifully. He shows that social class is very backward and causes many a life to be treated unfairly. He also does not like the stand that women were given in those times, the women have no control and just get dominate dby men. Thomas Hardy also does not believe in religion; as he clearly shows that although they are religious fate is still treating Tess the wrong way. He even goes so far as to say "Where was Tess' guardian angel now"; because in religions there are things such as guardian angels; but Tess' one was not present to save her; thus showing religion as useless. Overall; I think that this novel is a tragic one; showing Hardy's views on life; status of women, class, fate and religion. Kamran Ali 11.1 1 Tess Of The D'Urbervilles Coursework Kamran Ali 11.1 1 Tess Of The D'Urbervilles Coursework Kamran Ali 11.1 ...read more.

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