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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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Prose study of the Hardy's book


Tess of the D’Urbervilles
How Thomas Hardy Presents
“Tess as a Victim of fate and a prejudiced society”
In the time of Thomas Hardy women were second class citizens, most of the men had power over them and if a woman was asked for her hand in marriage she was almost obliged to say “yes”. If a man loved a woman, they would marry, even if she felt no love for him! Women with strong looks, with beautiful bodies were very vulnerable in the world; it was harder to stay out of danger, in particular lower class citizens. For women it was a prejudiced society, the men were dominating. Tess is one of these women, she has to be strong to be able to say no and reject and she seems to dislike her looks on that way. She can’t stand up for herself, proud in whom she is!
Those women living in a poor economic situation have less to say for themselves, they are expected to work hard and find a man with good money so as to serve well for their family and should accept to marriage when a good chance comes up. In this society women had very little say, it wouldn’t matter if they have different feelings or opinions.
Tess first comes into the story at the Marlott may-day dance and is described as: “Tess Durbeyfield at this time of her life was a mere vessel of emotion untinctured by experience.” This tells us that she is still young, without much experience, full of emotion. It seems to imply that she has a full life ahead of her. At this point in her life she is happy being a child and doesn’t seem to realise her adult life ahead of her.
In the first chapter of the book the discovery of Tess’s distant relations is revealed, she hears that her name comes from the knights of the Royal Oak. Hardy is using this “chance” to show how fate affects Tess. It is her father’s pride in the discovery that directs her fate; it holds a completely different fate than expected of her and the role of girls at the time.
In the cart journey with her little brother Tess is told that she will be matched with a gentleman because of her knightly ancestors. This makes her wonder about the world she lives in; she doesn’t want to grow so soon. In ...

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