This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

How Does Hardy Unfold The Idea That ‘A Woman Pays’ In Tess Of The D’urbervilles And How Is This Illuminated By Your Partner Text?

1593 words - 6 pages

Lauren Roberts AS English Literature Mr Wilkins
How does Hardy unfold the idea that 'a woman pays' in Tess of the d'Urbervilles and how is
this illuminated by your partner text?
Hardy unfolds the idea that 'a woman pays' through the constraints of Victorian moral
values, male superiority and the influence of aristocracy. This is further illuminated by Du
Maurier's Rebecca where male dominance and misogyny mean only the woman will pay. As
a woman in the midst of an undeniably patriarchal society, Tess is unable to escape the social
structure. Tess epitomizes the case that the innocent pay for the guilty. Similarly, Rebecca
faces a fight against the pressure of the Victorian society to maintain a perfect marriage, but
fails to succeed. Both women pay for the mistakes they have made as well as other's mistakes
and 'justice was done.'
Tess pays in many ways throughout the novel and often Tess' misfortune is related to male
superiority within the society. She is the embodiment of the tragic figure and when Hardy
writes 'President of Immortals' saw the protagonists life as a 'sport' showing Tess' life was
always determined by an omnipresent force. The diction 'sport' reflects the fleeting interest
that these Gods had with Tess, and that her struggle was merely a pastime. Moreover, the
contrast in significance between "Gods" and "Tess" demonstrates her vulnerability. It is clear
that Tess's tragic journey was something she was 'doomed to receive'; but the bildungsroman
is written in such a way that the reader is left wondering whether the course of Tess's life
would have changed had she not been treated 'so monstrously' by the 'cruel, cruel' men she
met along the way. Alec, the archetypal seducer in Victorian melodrama, after his violation
of Tess' virginity, doesn't realise his sin. The fact he doesn't realise his sin shows how Hardy
presents the idea of sin of males to females and how they differ under this society. What's
more he blames Tess for tempting him with her beauty and she, as a consequence, is paying
for his tragic crime and is shunned from the Christian church for no longer being a 'pure
woman' and the social consensus does not punish Alec. He lives as he used to, later
becoming a preacher publicizing God's edict, but Tess is surrounded by discrimination and
rebuke from society shown when "He who had wrought her undoing was now on the side of
the spirit, while she remained unregenerate". Tess is presented as a young woman who is
helpless to this higher authority, a woman who pays at the hands of injustice. Indeed, a
critical review by the Speaker in 1891 drew ideas of Fate and an unjust society from the
novel, arguing that it was 'a grievous fall', 'misfortunes' and 'society' that 'would have made
her an outcast'.
Hardy's use of imagery represents the sinister aspects of Victorian society. The 'Charcoals'
and 'Deep reds' when associated with Alec show a domineering presence. The colors are
royal colors and even though he committed crimes...

Find Another Essay On How does Hardy unfold the idea that ‘a woman pays’ in Tess of the d’Urbervilles and how is this illuminated by your partner text?

How has this text aided in your understanding of the concept of journeys? (The Tempest, by William Shakespeare)

529 words - 2 pages laid aside," shows Prospero is putting his magic aside so he can begin to tell Miranda of how they came to arrive on the island. This exposition of their voyage to the island is forcing the audience to imagine the physical journey that took place and therefore enter into the imaginative journey that Prospero creates with his words.Once again imaginative journeys are portrayed by Prospero. Through the use of the epilogue the audience can see how

How Thomas Hardy Suggests that this is a Moment of Transformation

1234 words - 5 pages only one. Hardy also accentuates the characters actions and the affect that the activities are having on them. By this I mean the way in which Bathsheba's 'eyes shone with infrequent light' when she was running back to meet Troy, Hardy seems to be using the light to draw attention to the fact the Bathsheba is extremely excited about this engagement with Troy. Later on in the chapter we are told of how she 'was enclosed in a firmament of light

Is that A Woman in Your Attice

1761 words - 8 pages Jane Eyre was a work of fiction, it is not such a far leap for a modern viewer to think that this would have been how Victorian families hid or dealt with their insane relatives, but was this sort of treatment of the mentally ill at home and under lock and key really the case? Or was Jane Eyre simply a work of fiction with little to none of it ground in reality at all? In this essay, the treatment of the mentally ill during the Victorian period both

'Consider the nature of heroism in epic poetry. How does the role of the hero relate to the society that produced him? How is the idea of the hero questioned?'

2283 words - 9 pages using The Odyssey by Homer and Aechylus: The Oresteian Trilogy, Agamemnon.'Consider the nature of heroism in epic poetry. How does the role of the hero relate to the society that produced him? How is the idea of the hero questioned?'One of the most famous epic writers is 'Homer'. Homer's Illiad and Odyssey are the first two known works of western literature. They were written in 760-869 BC. They were both created to be oral poems and some

Does your environment shape you? In this text we will be discussing about how the environment we live in influences us

530 words - 2 pages Does your environment shape your personality and the way you act? I completely agree with the fact that, one's environment is the main factor of shaping one's personality. I find that many teenagers including myself are very easily influenced by what they see and hear. For example, some teenagers are different and are more interested in the material they read on the Internet and the newspaper. Television adds for make up or clothes can easily

--The Civilised Body-- Question: How does Elias's analysis of the "civilising process" cast doubt on the idea that the body is an exclusively biological entity?

1711 words - 7 pages have four sources of capital and much of these are displayed by our body e.g. how we dress, what we buy, how we interact. The first source he defined is called "economic capital", this basically refers to how much one earns within society. This can be displayed in terms of buying expensive things. The second type of capital is known as "cultural capital" and is a representation of such things as one's educational achievement and knowledge of culture

'The death penalty is justified because it - and it alone - pays proper respect to the importance of human life.' What is your view on this?

1305 words - 5 pages four tenets of justice - retribution, rehabilitation, deterrence, and incapacitation. Out of the above four, the death penalty clearly satisfies three, with only the exception of rehabilitation. And this is only so because the criminal in question here does not even deserve a chance at rehabilitation because of the gross nature of his crime. To examine the relation between the death penalty and the respect for human life, let us assume that the

"It is the journey not the arrival that matters." Is this your understanding of journey? Use the prescribed text and at least 1 related material

1142 words - 5 pages scene of the documentary, there is a car driving on a wavy road going through vegetation in a foggy atmosphere that is seen behind barbed wire. The car represents the traveller, in this case, Jack Thompson; the wavy road represents how journeys are never straightforward; the foggy atmosphere represents the unforseen in a journey; and the barbed wires represent obstacles and barriers that the traveller will have to overcome and may also represent

Tess: A interpretation that describes Angel as disilusioned through his view of farmers and tess. Perputuates the effects of this misonception on Angel

884 words - 4 pages most spotless creature ever lived?(192). The struggle in this situation comes from the fact that he cannot come to the realization of Tess?s impure act. The paradox was that the denial (truth) seemed real yet the ?truth between a man and woman,? (192) namely Tess and Angel was not truth, because he did not know about her rape, nor did she know bout his falling out with an older woman. This lack of reality (truth) allowed for Hardy to perpetuate

Identify a recent innovative idea which has been influential in your field of study. Consider how this will have an impact on both individuals and

830 words - 4 pages also creates unemployment. There can be made some suggestion to companies about online stores. It is suggested that many companies should improve their online shop rather than solely developing branch shops. Because, the majority of society use online banking and attracted by online stores especially in developed countries. It can create small unemployment but on the other hand online banking will cut costs of electricity which is scarcity in

In The Rest Of The Novel, How Does Steinbeck Show That Some People On The Ranch Are Considered More Important Than Others? How Does This Reflect T

929 words - 4 pages during the great depression women did face lots of sex discrimination. By this they were labelled to do certain jobs. Curley’s wife is therefore challenging stereotypes when she is around the ranch as she is meant to be staying in the ranch house. The only person who has less power than that of Curley’s wife is Crooks. In chapter four when she threatens him and says how, "I (Curley’s wife) could get you strung up on a tree so easy it aint even

Similar Essays

Tess Of The D’urbervilles By Thomas Hardy

1757 words - 7 pages woman', and is hanged. Therefore, there is an allegorical link between these texts in that Alec's 'smoke' causes patriarchal cancer like that of Madame Gaillard. Hardy also uses wedding rings and chains to hint towards patriarchal silencing. ‘The wedding ring she keeps on a red ribbon around her neck’. The use of pathos employed here by Hardy evokes a feeling of pity and sadness for Tess from the reader. It is this innocent symbol which

Depiction Of Class In Tess Of The D’urbervilles, By Thomas Hardy

2559 words - 10 pages possessed, a distinct manifestation to that in Tess of the D’Ubervilles. Hardy’s Neo-Darwinist beliefs are embedded throughout the text; theories on heredity are ultimately portrayed within the fatalistic aspects of Tess’s life. Peter R. Morton commentary on this states that in fact Tess’s fate ultimately lays within her lineage and ancestral heredity. Although, she believes she has free will it is at these times her fate is most

Reinvention Of Self In Tess Of The D’urbervilles By Thomas Hardy

1086 words - 5 pages Tess D’Urberville, the protagonist of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, must ask herself this very important question as she navigates the complexity of her life. Although she must provide for her family by running errands, taking care of her younger siblings, and managing her unruly parents Tess is a product of her culture. She is unintentionally passive in dire situations – such as when she drifted into a reverie and killed the family horse, or when

"Tess Of The D'urbervilles"' Tragedy Is Constructed By Thomas Hardy Through A Series Of Coincidences. Do You Agree? In Your Discussion, Consider The Context Of The Novel

1214 words - 5 pages The story of Tess certainly represents a rare instance of womanhood and female suffering in 19th century England. However, it is fair to state that the tragedy of the novel is not due solely to the use of coincidences throughout the text. More pertinent to any examination of the reasons for Tess's tragic end are the various influences dictated by the context of the novel. These include the power of money, the influence of patriarchy, in addition