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Explore Hardy's use of settings at Talbothays and at Flintcomb-Ash in "Tess of the d'Urbervilles". In "Tess of the d'Urbervilles", Hardy uses weather, seasons and nature to an extent as which it is almost another character. It produces a third dimension on the plot, and is used to portray the characters near fates. Tess herself, is a beautiful young woman, but, she as a peasant is looked down on by society due to the social class divides that were strongly in place, at that times in the 19th Century. Hardy uses pathetic fallacy, phallic images, sensual language and references to natural things, such as flowers brilliantly to describe the changes between Angel and Tess in the dairy at Talbothays, where they first meet and to enhance the reader's experience. When they first meet, it is spring, and like the flowers themselves, their love is developing; growing. Later on, it is summer, and their love is blooming rapidly. However, when Tess is forced to return to Flintcomb-Ash, it is winter, which deepens the sense of Tess' loneliness and feeling of abandonment. The book itself is based on Hardy's disbelief in God, as agnosticism was rising swiftly. ...read more.


This gives us the idea that Angel is in love with the idea of Tess being innocent and pure, because he is oblivious to Tess's history past, and the fact that, actually, she isn't a virgin, therefore not 'pure'. Their feelings for each other start to develop and Hardy uses the idea of the season summer to show their love blossoming. He writes "Rays from the sunrise drew forth the buds and stretched them into long stalks." As the reader we can interpret this as the buds being Tess and Angel's love, as it starts to develop into something visible. It also reminds us of dawn when Angel and Tess go out to meet each other before the other dairymaids get up "in that strange and solemn interval, the twilight of morning, in the violet or pink dawn." This quote shows that either Tess or Angel find what they are doing, and the feelings they are feeling slightly strange, but beautiful, like the morning twilight. After Tess and Angel are married, she reveals to him that she is not "a fresh and virginal daughter of Nature", (and this being the 19th century), Angel claims that Tess is now another person because he has found this out, although ...read more.


many writers may have done, as someone who is asking for all the trouble she will receive, Hardy portrays her as a poor woman, living at a time where men and woman values were not equal. Hardy was also very brave to write and publish this novel at the time at which he did. At the time, many people had a strong belief in God, and this novel showed people, that bad things happen to good people, implying that there is no God at all, which maybe contributed to the swift rise of agnosticism. The way Hardy writes makes us feel for Tess, and his use of the nature to display emotions, and thoughts, emphasises those feelings of sympathy and empathy towards her, and, ultimately, make them more powerful. Hardy has to be one of the most skilled writers that has ever published a book, instead of writing a blunt point, he metaphorises his point, making it both more wonderful and poetic to read, and helps emphasise his point, in a way that many people would not be able to use in such a successful way. I think "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" shows off Hardy's creative writing techniques brilliantly and is an incredible illustration of his work. ...read more.

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