Hardy's "Tess Of The D'urbervilles" Essay

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Tess of the d'UrbervillesThrough life people may fault, or get on the wrong side of thetracks. Yet hopefully they keep faith and then willingly they mayrecoup and redeem themselves by recovering. Many believe that,Tess in, Tess of the d'Urbervilles was a great example ofthis. In Hardy's Victorian age novel, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, heillustrates casual wrong, the will to recover, the growth of love, anddeath.Almost everybody has done something casually wrong andnot think much of it, many call this indifferent nature. Tess is nostranger to casual wrong. Throughout her life indifferent nature hasoccurred. Her parents were not the greatest of parents. She had atough life, she was poor. When she met Alec d'Urberville, she wasconsiderate and kind, but later on Alec took advantage of her andseduced her in a forest called the Chase,"He knelt and bent lower, till her breath warmed hisface, and in a moment his cheek was in contact withhers. She was sleeping soundly, and upon hereyelashes there lingered tears." 1She then later fell in love with Angel, and married him. Angelfound out about Tess' past experience with Alec, and he could notforgive her, even though it was all Alec's doing. Thus it is clearthat casual wrong follows her and yet the wrong is not made byher.Tess' true strength is her determination to overcome hermisfortunes. When the Durbeyfields' horse, Prince died, Tess tookcontrol of the situation of the horse's death and the beehivedelivery.She takes care of the kids and she had done well in school, eventhough Tess seems to go nowhere. Also when she leaves her job oftaking care of the flock at the d'Urberville household, because ofher experience with Alec, it showed she tried to take control of thesituation. Even when Alec was following her home on his carriageasking her why she left,'Her lip...

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