Essay on Tess of the D'Urbervilles vs. Jane Eyre

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The two novels are based in the past when women were not considered as equal to men. The characters, Tess and Jane are both the main characters of the novels ‘Tess of the D'Urbervilles' and ‘Jane Eyre'. ‘Tess of the D'Urbervilles' is based on the experiences of Tess. Whereas, ‘ Jane Eyre' is an autobiographical book about Jane. The value of money plays a major role in both characters' life. The characters Jane and Tess are both women and so they are subject to discrimination. They both have a lot in common, for example both Tess and Jane are caring, brave, forgiving and very determined. Both characters faced challenges, difficulties and hardships, but they were able to tackle them with their best abilities. One of the main themes of both …show more content…

She struggles and faces a lot of hardships, which proves Tess's bravery at the end of the novel. Furthermore, Tess and Jane are light hearted, they are forgiving. For example: Jane forgives her cousins and aunt for the unfairness they committed against her and Tess forgives Alec for the serious crime he committed against her.
They are both very determined to do what they decide to do. This is proven in Jane's case when she stays away from Mr. Rochester even though he leaves her alone. In Tess' case, she is determined to stay away from Alec D'Urbervilles. Similarly, both Jane and Tess faced crisis situations and they tackled them with their best abilities. Jane proves her ability when she saves Mr. Rochester's life during the fire and Tess proves it when she takes care of her family.

One of the main themes of both novels is the way men dominate women and the women's inferiority. Both characters got what was needed for women, at that time. For example Jane had many talents which were the main ones at that time (art, music, singing, teaching etc.). Tess knew farming which was needed to help support her family. This shows their wish to help out. But even with these advantages, they had an inferiority complex which was due to "the men dominating society".

Thomas , Hardy. Tess of the d'Urbervilles . England: Random House,

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