Analysis Of Thomas Hardy 's ' Tess Of The D ' Urbervilles

1428 Words Apr 27th, 2016 6 Pages
Sara Hatab
Elaine Auyoung
EngL 3001W
27 April 2016

Chance and Fate in Tess of the D 'Urbervilles

Fate and chance play an important role in Thomas Hardy 's “Tess of the D 'Urbervilles”. Although the characters ' actions hold more responsibility towards the misfortunes that occur in the novel, fate and chance still perform a crucial function in deciding what needs to happy and what does not. Hardy believed that fate or chance, while uninterested, are generally unsympathetic towards the happiness of people; when a conflict occurs but does not affect the characters ' happiness, fate comes into play and ruins it all. Fate is all-powerful and the main cause of human suffering. Everybody is in Fate 's hand, and it does not matter if a person is good or bad.

In the beginning of the novel, after being told that John Durbeyfield had come from the “ancient and knightly family of the D 'Urbervilles” (Hardy, 8), he sets of to celebrate along with his wife. However, this “celebration” consisted of drinking and later on when Tess finds her father in no condition to work, she takes his place to deliver the beehives to a faraway market. Unfortunately, the Durbeyfield family’s horse and only source of income, Prince, is fatally harmed in an accident with a mail van. Tess ' father rejects the idea of selling the horse for money because of his new pride- “When we D 'Urbervilles was knights in the land, we didn 't sell our chargers for cat 's meat.” (Hardy, 34). Instead, the Durbeyfield…
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