Wuthering Heights

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Angel and Tess: A Romance Fit For the Books? Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Napolean and Josephine. Throughout society's entire existence, we have known almost innately that these couples belong together, and yet fate intervened to deal their relationship a tragic blow. Yet readers persist on viewing these couples as the most passionate of all times. What makes them so unique? What makes them so compatible? What makes everyone see them as half of a whole instead of two? These couples proved to society that they belonged together, no matter what circumstances they faced . They possessed True Love, the rare gift that makes a relationship last, amidst outer turmoil. In the novel, Tess of the D'Ubervilles, by Thomas Hardy,…show more content…
Hardy writes, "Her face was dry and pale as if she regarded herself in the light of a murderess." (29) Tess was the only one who realized what the absence of a horse would mean to the family's welfare, and therefore, felt guilty. However, Angel Clare finds problems like these somewhat unfathomable. His wealth and social class has not allowed him to experience such situations as Tess. Once again, differences such as these break the ties of the unification of true love. Tess, unlike Angel, was taken advantage of. In different stages of her life, she is used in more ways than one. Angel never was, and could not understand to what extent Tess's trauma has been stretched to. Tess is taken advantage of both knowingly, and unwittingly. Her mother did not realize that she was using her daughter. Joan Durbeyfield is just an extravagant impractical woman who meant no harm. She, too, wants the best for her family, but she goes about the wrong way of doing it. She even triumphantly points out, "And if he don't marry her afore, he will after." (47) Joan, heedlessly, plans on Alec and Tess marrying, barely realizing that that is the last thing Tess wants. Joan just wants Tess to marry into money. Tess is also taken advantage of in a much more serious way. “Why it was upon this beautiful feminine tissue, sensitive, as gossamer, and practically blank as snow as yet, there should have been traced such a coarse pattern as it was doomed to receive.” (71) While Tess was
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