Show that although Tess has broken a social law that she is still at harmony with nature

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Show that although Tess has broken a social law that she is still at harmony with nature

Within Hardys novel Tess of the D’Ubervilles, Hardy puts in much effort into the characterisation of Tess to dismiss social law and focus on the harmonious relationship she has with nature. Most obviously, the quote “she had been made to break a necessary social law, but no law known to the environment in which she fancied herself such an anomaly”, shows Hardys conclusion on the matter. Here, Hardy suggests that although she committed a crime in the views of society, it was not her fault and she should not been blamed as it was a natural occurrence that she could not have helped. Hardys wording “made to break” confirms his dismissal of social law, therefore presenting nature as a sort of omnipotent force. Hardys criticism of societys attitude towards virginity and pureness can also be seen here, as it is clear to him Tess has not done anything wrong, but Tess feels much guilt about the matter. Hardys criticism of this can further be seen in other works, such as in one of his early poems “The Ruined Maid”, which includes the same themes.
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Hardy also presents Tess as being at one with nature within the section “Maiden No More”, showing that Tess’ social law that she broke has had no impact on her relationship with nature, and even possibly made her closer with it. After Tess battles “terrible depression”, she attempts to re-integrate into society by attending church, but after hearing “whispers” about her, she “grew sick at heart” and decided “she could come to church no more”. From this point, Hardy presents Tess as embracing nature and having a close relationship with it, after failing to feel comfortable in the ...

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