Analysis of Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy Essay

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Analysis of Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

The depth of artistic unity found in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the
D'Urbervilles pervades every chapter of the novel. No one chapter is less important than another because each is essential in order to tell the tragic tale of Tess Durbeyfield. There is never an instance in
Hardy's prose that suggests frill or excess. Themes of the Industrial
Revolution in England, the status of women during Victorian England,
Christianity vs. Paganism, matters of nobility, and the role that fatalism plays in life weave together with various symbols to create an amazing flow to his novel.

At the beginning of chapter thirty-one, Joan Durbeyfield has just sent a letter with her advice to Tess.
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Because
John Durbeyfield is drunk, Tess takes it upon herself to go to
Casterbridge with their horse Prince (the transportation for making the means of their living) who is impaled in his breast by a mail-cart coming from the opposite direction. Now that Prince is dead Tess is persuaded by her mother to go claim her kin from the Chase, which of course sets everything in motion for Tess' troubles.

But to be more exact, it is the combination of Tess' obligation to her parents and Tess' pride that are her undoing. In the letter that Joan has just sent her daughter, she makes note of Tess' "Childish Nature."
Her "Childish Nature" being her simpleness to tell "all that's in
[her] heart," her inability to keep quiet what should be kept quiet.
Because Tess is not only 'higher' in blood than her peers, but also more true in her purity and her morals (as Hardy implies by the full title of the novel) it is an innate sense in her to feel pride. Tess of the D'Urbervilles is a tragic novel and its tragic hero is Tess.
Her flaw, like Oedipus, is pride - the pride that she carries in her goodness more so than in the royalty of her name. It is her pride that will not allow her to ask for help with the beehive delivery and call upon "some young feller...who were so much after dancing with" (41) her from the May Day dance as her mother suggests. It is her pride that causes her to take responsibility for the death of
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