Tess Of The D' Urbervilles By Thomas Hardy

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Tess of the d'UrbervillesSome critics have said that fate conspiresagainst Tess, and that she is not responsiblefor the things which happen to her. Sheherself says, "I am more sinned against than sinning." Do you agree or disagree? Supportyour answer with evidence from the text.As a person who believes that many things are un-avoidable, no matter how careful you are to avoid them, I believe that Tess's life was tragically destroyed by the hand of fate. It is obvious through the words and actions of Tess that she only wanted to have a calm, normal life. However, it seems that she was chosen, for whatever reason, to be on the receiving end of continuous hardships.From the very beginning of the novel, Tess receives "the short end of the stick" in almost every scene. She is one of the girls who doesn't get to dance with the strange young man before he returns to his brothers. Although they exchange looks at each other, he runs off into the night without a word spoken between them. This is our first glimpse of Tess, and even before we learn more about her, we know that her family is not well off and that her father seems to be a bit of a drunk. Next, she is, to a degree, railroaded into going to claim kinship to the d'Urbervilles."OeWell, as I killed the horse, mother,' shesaid mournfully, OeI suppose I ought to dosomething. I don't mind going and seeingher, but you must leave it to me aboutasking for help."Tess was very reluctant to go to the d'Urberville house and ask for help, but for some reason, her parents chose her. At the d'Urberville's house, Alec first harasses Tess when they go horseback riding, forcing her to let him kiss her. After that, another event occurs that shows the vulnerability of innocent Tess. The event is written about with a air that could make fate seem a definite cause for the actions against her well being."One may, indeed, admit the possibility of a retribution lurking in the present catastro-phe. Doubtless some of Tess d'Urberville'smailed ancestors rollicking home from a frayhad dealt the same measure even more ruth-lessly towards peasant girls of their time.But though to visit the sins of the fathersupon the children may be a morality goodenough for divinities, it is scorned byaverage human nature; and it therefore doesnot mend the matter"This passage shows that it was not because of Tess's actions that this outrageous cruelty occurred to her. It shows that it was to have happened as a pay back for the...

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