Essay on Thomas Hardy's Tess Of The D'Urbervilles

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Thomas Hardy's Tess Of The D'Urbervilles

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles was written by Thomas Hardy, in 1891. This is a tragic victorian novel, in which Thomas Hardy has shown how fate, chance, and coincidence can affect a life and how much things can change. This novel depicts the story of Tess, a young girl who just turns into a woman, living in the Victorian lower class, as she moves through her life and what happens in between. Thomas Hardy has shown how class very much so affected life in Victorian Times, and he also showed how men used to dominate women, and the injustice of existence, and we shall explore this further later on. Hardy has very negative views on life; as to how fate, chance and
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This is the main point where the story begins and takes shape, because of this chance meeting with Parson Tringham, John Durbeyfield discovers his family history, and because of this certain events happen which lead to many lives being affected and people being motivated to do things that they normally would not do. This all started from the one odd meeting John had with the parson, this is chance, as they do not usually meet like this (just twice before), hadn't this happened then this would not have lead to Tess's meeting with Alex or her being raped. This scene brilliantly illustrates how Hardy views life, because by chance this meeting happened, and chance is in a sense fate, so Hardy is trying to show that fate can mess up lives, and that there is no great omnicompetent, omnipresent, omnipotent deity that helps us mere mortals lives, but fate, which is an unseen, uncontrollable force which controls peoples lives; usually for the worse in Tess's case..


"Now, sir, begging your pardon; we met last market-day on this road about this time, and I said "Good night," and you made reply 'Good night, Sir John,' as now."

"I did," said the parson.

"And once before that--near a month ago."

"I may have."

Here John Durbeyfield just says a casual goodnight to Parson Tringham, but when Parson Tringham replies with "Sir
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