The injustice Within Tess of the D’Urbervilles and in Robert Frost's Poetry

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The injustice within Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1881) and Robert Frost’s poetry is unjustified and causes major suffering to those illustrated in both the novel and the poetry. Numerous variations of injustice are portrayed within these works such as; social injustice, religious injustice and moral injustice. These injustices often combine together to form an upsurge of ill-treatment within the characters’ lives. Furthermore, Frost’s poems often address heavy topic matters such as suicide, child morality and human morality. Harriet Monroe supports this argument by stating ‘Such art passes local boundaries as lightly as an aeroplane and swings out into wider circles of space and time.’(Monroe: 1924:149). Hardy’s ‘Tess’ addresses problems…show more content…
This acceptance of her fate is contrasted by her Joan Durbeyfield’s anger at her daughters folly “You ought to have been more careful if you didn't mean to get him to make you his wife!"(pp.72). Joan shows a complete lack of regard for Tess’s emotions and the awful ordeal she has been through. Furthermore, the subjective personal pronoun ‘You’ is highly accusing, showing that if even her own Mother blames her for the seduction/rape, society most certainly will. Harold Baker, however questions the nature of Tess’s injustice by asking ‘Is her sexual experience the turning point in her life, as the title suggests? Though it is clearly a crucial event, what actually happened is unclear. Was she raped or seduced?’ (Baker: 2005) Thus, from here it can be questioned to whether her injustice is due to social laws, moral codes or religious constrictions. Morally, it is unfeasible to deny that a rape would not cause psychological damage. However, if Tess’s was seduced and her injustice is dominated by the fact that she broke a religious code, how tangible is her injustice. Surely it depends on how a person deals with its consequences? Therefore it could be argued that Tess herself is the maker of her own downfall. However, and opposing view could be that Tess is a victim of the manipulation brought to her by her lovers and family and her constant alienation from groups.
Likewise, Frost deploys injustice in his poems. Injustice is shown by the cruelty of
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