“the Minister’s Son in His Conceited Impotence Violates Tess More Cruelly Than Her Sensual Lover” Discuss.

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“The minister’s son in his conceited impotence violates Tess more cruelly than her sensual lover” Discuss. In Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d’Urbervilles (published in 1891), Hardy portrays his heroine, Tess, as an innocent and poor country girl; a symbolic version of the rural women of the era who were mercilessly down-trodden in a male-dominated world, and who, when abused, were blamed for it. This novel has evoked generations of readers’ sympathy because of Hardy's portrayal of Tess’s tragic fate and her life journey as a victim of both individuals and the society she was born into. Since the first publication of this novel many critics have analyzed the source of Tess’ tragedy and downfall. This essay intends to analyze the novel to…show more content…
This view of Tess is a stark contrast to the way in which Alec viewed Tess. To Alec Tess was seen as a prize, his focus was physical. It was because of this that he behaved and spoke in such a sexual way “well, my big Beauty”. There are moments throughout the first half of the novel however, when Alec fancies that he would like to love Tess, but every time Tess shows that she does not love him; he does not seem to care “Tess, why do you always dislike my kissing you?’ ‘I suppose – because I don’t love you”. Tess was not emotionally attached to Alec. Throughout their dialogue is the suggestion that Alec could see that she would never love him “– you’ll never love me I fear.’ I have said so often. It is true. I have never really and truly loved you, and I think I never can”. In opposition to the suggestion that Alec may want to love Tess, she is continually treated as if a prize animal – “remember my lady, I have been your master once I will be your master again”. Tess’ feelings towards Angel however, were those of intimacy, affection and love. She was prepared to give him her life “I have been hoping, longing, praying, to make you happy! I have thought what joy it will be to do it, what an unworthy wife I shall be if I do not! That’s what I have felt, Angel!”,

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