Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully

Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully

Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☀ Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented ✈ Author Thomas Hardy – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780141439594.When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her Alternate the d'Urbervilles: A Pure PDF \ cover edition of ISBN the d'Urbervilles: PDF/EPUB Â When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family Tess of Epub / fortune, meeting her cousin Alec proves to be her downfall A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to of the d'Urbervilles: Epub Ú reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future.

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  1. Stephen Stephen says:

    HEADLINE A bad guy who is fabulously talented in bed and a good guy who fumbles sex can complicate life for a girl.I ought to have my head examined for undertaking a review of Tess of the d Ubervilles, the next to the last of Thomas Hardy s novels My purpose in considering the idea was that I might perhaps persuade one other person to read this novel who might not otherwise I am all about service to my fellow man However, there are strange aspects of this novel that when discussed in remove from the novel itself can make it sound off putting I will mention a few of those without emphasizing them They involve weird twists in the plot handed us through the vehicle of some strange scenes On the other hand I do not wish simply to offer diamond like passages from this novel, although that is tempting But let us take a shot here.Tess is the eldest daughter in a poor family in 19th century England The novel follows events in her life from the time she is sixteen until she is approximately 21, let us say There are a multitude of detailed plot outlines of this novel to be found elsewhere on line The only valuable supplement to those that I can offer is to say bluntly what those plot outlines say in such a roundabout way that it loses impact or can be missed entirely Tess is one hot looking sixteen year old female human being It is out of the fact that Tess is one hot looking sixteen year old that all the action of this novel arises At the time of her first seduction, or rape, she is described as one who has a coarse pattern laid over her beautiful feminine tissue So in picturing her, we must picture her as something much than simply a pretty young girl, although she is certainly that She is a pretty young girl with that look about her that drives men wild that look about her being something rarely encountered in a girl so young.Some part of that look about her derives from her unity with nature or should we say Nature with a capital N since we are after all talking about a Thomas Hardy novel I would rather put it this way She is earthy When Hardy writes about her when she is in relatively unspoiled natural surroundings, it is apparent that she herself is very much at home in and a natural part of those surroundings.Hardy places our hot looking sixteen year old girl in an environment with some problems It is an environment wherein the Victorian morals of society are so completely at odds with the nature of men and women generally, and particularly in the realm of sex.Second, she inhabits a rural area of England where the quality of life is slowly deteriorating Hardy does not impose upon us with some heavy handed social commentary at all Rather, this social commentary is portrayed seamlessly along with the characters and the action As an example, there is a great contrast between the portrayal of Tess s life as a milkmaid early in the novel, which is idyllic and almost lyrically described, and her life later in hard labor on a farm, the slave of a threshing machine You must notice stuff like this if you are going to do big time literature.But let me get back to the sex because I know that is what probably piqued your interest For women heterosexual sex requires men, as much as women may at times regret this Hardy supplies the men here in the form of two male knotheads named Alec and Angel She is raped by the wealthy Alec who drugged her with a delicious strawberry, and has his child, which immediately dies She falls in love with the decent Angel who lacks wits but is under the mistaken impression that he has them in spades She marries Angel, only to be abandoned by him when he finds out about her past She becomes Alec s mistress Alec now, ala Roman Polanski, regrets the strawberry drugging and the rape partly for economic reasons A girl s gotta eat The other part of her reasons are addressed below A repentant Angel flies back to her, a tad late to the dance as usual, only after she has just murdered Alec The two of them end up at Stonehenge of all places, where she is apprehended after the police let her complete a nap There are a lot of puzzling sleep episodes in this novel Again, you must notice stuff like that if you are going to do big time literature I think that we can safely conclude that Alec, the bad guy, is sexually skillful in the sack He knows what he is doing with a woman and likes to do it a lot The good guy, Angel, fumbles in this area I mean, the good guy, Angel, chooses to sleep on the couch during his wedding night rather than have sex with one of the hottest young women in the country Why Because he finds out that she has had sex before Whew This is the kind of thing that can complicate life for a girl, I understand And now, thanks to this novel, I do understand I wanted to kick both of those guys asses at one point or another, but of course I was feeling a little paternal about this poor hot looking sixteen year old girl I refer to them as knotheads, but both do evolve and develop during the course of the novel in what we could simplistically call a favorable direction The problem and it is this problem that gives us our story is that neither of them evolves and develops quickly enough to remedy the horrendous impact their earlier conduct has had on poor Tess and save her Angel finally comes to the realization that it does not make any difference if she has previously had sex with both the football team and the marching band She is nonetheless a quality human being whom that nitwit should feel undeservedly blessed to have as a wife.I say poor Tess, but Tess is not passive She is a girl of action and decision She makes choices She acts on those choices We readers like Tess immensely It is just that we as readers are continually frustrated with the choices she makes She is not very old So this is natural However, part of the great entertainment afforded by this novel for the reader is contemplating what her alternative choices were and whether those might have resulted in any better an outcome for her After great thought, insofar as I do great thought, I have concluded that none of those other choices would have My personal view is that she was doomed from the outset by the mere fact that she was one hot looking sixteen year old female human being in a society where that made for nothing but trouble The tragedy is that in 21st Century America, this could have made her queen of the hop I might be wrong You will have fun coming to your own conclusions.I had given a spoiler alert at the beginning, but the facts of the plot that I set out above are not really spoilers It is not at all that unusual a 19th Century plot, other than the conclusion is grim than usual and the sex is prominently on display in that Alec and Tess actually do have a lot of sex, as in intercourse and all the accompanying accoutrements presumably At least Alec was no Bill Clinton The great pleasure in reading this story is Hardy s manner of telling it even if you know what is going to happen Anyone who knows anything about Hardy will know that Tess is not going to come to a good end anyway.There you go That is the best I can do I urge you not to miss out on this novel And please do not respond by telling me that you saw the PBS production Give me a break This is a great novel, to be enjoyed as a novel.

  2. Nataliya Nataliya says:

    Tess of the d Urbervilles is not a feel good book, which sharply sets it apart from the other 19th century novels about young women think Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, for instance No, it s sad and depressing to the point where it almost makes me angry Because poor Tess, prone to making choice that are invariably the worst for her, just cannot catch a break Because it s like she has majorly pissed off some higher power s that be and they are taking revenge, giving her the most rotten luck Because Tess seems to have resigned herself to a future with few silver linings, having learned to view herself through the cruel prism of social conventions Because it lacks any happiness and warm fuzzies that would make you want to reread this book while curled up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate on a cold rainy day This lack of any feel good warm fuzzies and Hardy s relentless destruction of anything that can make Tess life tolerable and, of course, combined with the fact that this book apparently is on the required reading list for many high schoolers and we all know how intolerable the books we have been coerced to read as teens can appear may be at least partially responsible for why so many of my GR friends dislike it the same people who apparently have enjoyed other 19th century novels about young women And yet I liked it Maybe because I read it without anyone s coercion, without being forced to see the symbolism or make analyses of the themes and all that bullshit that high school students have to put up with during the endless hours of English classes Never in her life she could swear it from the bottom of her soul had she ever intended to do wrong yet these hard judgments had come Whatever her sins, they were not sins of intention, but of inadvertence, and why should she have been punished so persistently Because, all symbolism aside blah blah, Tess Nature destroyed by civilization and all that , Hardy seems to be doing a pretty good job showing the stupidity of rigid morals applied to women in Victorian England the morals and attitudes that made women inferior and subservient to men Because quite a few things are wrong when a rapist offering to marry his victim is considered a good resolution to the situation as he must be her real husband because he was the first to claim her vagina with his penis, regardless of whether she wanted him then or wants him now Because something is wrong when a woman becomes damaged goods in the eyes of the society because of someone else s action actually, when, regardless of the action, her worth is based on the state of intactness of her hymen That attitude did not die with Victorian era, of course It is still perpetuated and fed to the young members of the society Think, for instance, of all the young adult heroines that are pure by the virtue of their virginity while there always or almost always appears to be an evil side character a slut who dares to be sexually experienced Guess who is invariably preferred by all the romantic interests That s right Sluts are put in their place pretty quickly Ugh.Hardy does a great job portraying unhealthy relationships in this book without attempting to convince the reader that those are actually normal I will not go into details about the unhealthiness of Tess relationship with her rapist that s self evident But her doomed relationship with Angel Clare is also painted as unhealthy and dangerous and not alluringly dangerous, like many books are prone to depict such situations Tess feelings for him are blinding and obsessive and the danger of those are clearly shown, as she is ready to lose herself in him and even die for his sake Angel s feelings are treated equally harshly as instead of respecting and admiring Tess for the person she is he idolizes what he thinks she is, he creates an idea of her being who he wants her to be and in that remains completely blind to who she actually is Hardy s portrayal of that ill fated relationship definitely does not glamorize the unhealthy aspects of it, and I applaud him for it..I did enjoy reading a book about a 19th century young woman who does not belong to the privileged class, and whose ideas of poverty are not simply living in a smaller cottage and not being able to attend fancy balls I liked the idea of a woman who is capable of work and does not shy away from it I loved how much Hardy tried to emphasize that the stereotypes of peasants as faceless mass of idiots were not true, and how he stayed away from glamorizing money and pedigree Tess supposed noble descent brings her nothing but pain, after all She might have seen that what had bowed her head so profoundly the thought of the world s concern at her situation was founded on illusion She was not an existence, an experience, a passion, a structure of sensations, to anybody but herself To all humankind besides, Tess was only a passing thought Overall I enjoyed this book, but I m not sure I will ever reread it, knowing now the turn the events in Tess life take For my pleasure reads I will stick with the happily ever after of Lizzy Bennet, thank you very much But meanwhile I ll be appreciating that Hardy had the perseverance to write a non feel good story of bad things happening to good people, with lessons we can learn from it even now 3.75 stars rounding up to 4.

  3. karen karen says:

    there will probably be spoilers here i will possibly rant if you don t know what happens in tess, it is better not to read this review, although, frankly, to my way of thinking, hardy has so many superior novels, stories, poems, that you would be better served just avoiding this one and going on to one of the great ones like jude or mayor of casterbridge instead but there is something sneaking up in me a bubblingly vague feeling of well wishing for poor doomed tess, that makes me think i might convince myself of this novel s adequacy, if not greatness, by the end of the review.there that should serve as enough blathering to hide any actual spoilers from the feed.who knew when i woke up this morning that i would be writing a review of my least favorite thomas hardy novels no one.but i find myself thinking of this book a lot, lately having just come off another retail christmas at the book factory, and having had my readers advisory skills put to the test in such a major way once , i feel like i should say something about this book because i am so conflicted about it, and every time i am called upon to suggest a classic or a sad book, i find myself automatically drawn to hardy, and i always say the same thing, except for tess i never suggest tess.and it is infuriating because i know for a fact that tess was hardy s favorite female character and i love hardy i trust him but, lordWHAT DOES HE SEE IN HER tess is loyal, and passionate, but utterly hopeless she makes all the wrong decisions, but she just keeps barreling along, blithely well, not blithely like trudging along determinedly hardy s whole philosophy, in his books, is that you make a mistake and you never ever stop paying for it but it is hard to see, in this book, just which mistake is the origin of the misery.if anything, the mistake is not tess own, but her father s, in getting too drunk to drive, putting tess in the position of accidentally killing their horse as she takes the reins ooh, a pun this is of course, shades of mayor of casterbridge drinking causes all sorts of accidents.is the accident that of overreaching one s situation in life can t be, because the fake d urberville s are doing just fine with their purchased title, while the real ones are living in poverty.is the mistake getting raped probably not that it s her fault, obviously, but damn, girl learn to recognize those wolves but no obviously someone in tess position is not going to recognize a risk when she sees one sweet dummy sweet beloved by her creator dummy i can only assume that in this book, that is meant to be the origin because everything that happens after that is just one kick in the balls.a ruined reputation, a dead child, falling for a man named angel freaking clare i mean, honestly this should really have been another signal no man named angel clare is ever going to be open minded, even if he has his own secrets, hypocritical bastard ugh, and then the rest of it oh, god that damned rug what a terrible way to communicate sensitive information, tess that is vintage hardy, though, and that plot development i am totally okay with in fact, i think it is genius but then oh god redemption for an unsavory character and illness and death and forgiveness TOO LATE and murder and then THE WORST ENDING OF ALL TIME seriously stonehenge you can t think of a subtler location than that for your situation oh, hardy, you failed me there.and the ending is what ruins the book for me, at the end of the day because i am going through this bit by bit now, in writing this review, and that is pretty much my biggest gripe tess as a character is fine she wouldn t be my favorite in all of literature, but she makes sense, as someone in her position she s no bathsheba everdene, who is obviously hardy s most interesting and complicated female character, but she means well, and she is definitely a survivor, but of the limping variety than the warrior kind.and the series of misfortunes is also fine unlikely, and depressing, but fine nowhere near as perfectly intricate as mayor, with its amaaaazing resolution, but it is tidy and appropriate, all told.yup now that i have actually sat down with this, it is simply the presence of stonehenge that so grates upon me fuck stonehenge and your sacrificial maidens it clangs, as an ending it is like someone letting loose a wombat during a funeral thomas hardy isn t supposed to be silly, and this ending it unarguably silly so, there it is, mes amis tess redeemed through the power of review writing.but no amount of review writing will ever get me to accept stonehenge stupid stonehenge.come to my blog

  4. Sean Barrs the Bookdragon Sean Barrs the Bookdragon says:

    Dear, Tess of the D UrbervillesI m writing you this letter because you pissed me off I m angry, Tess I ve got a lot to say to you, and I want you to hear it I will warn you though I m not holding anything back We re going to talk about everything, everything that happens in your life from beginning to end How could you be so silly How could you be so hapless and so helpless Why do you seem to be an ill fated walking disaster of doom trodden woe Why, oh why, did you never learn anything Tess you re an absolute idiot It s okay I understand You were young and inexperienced in the beginning But why were you still by the end Your only act of courage was nothing but pure stupidity It could only end one way after that How could you not see Alec s wolfish nature in the beginning The man forced fed you fruit he made you part your lips whilst he shoved his all too suggestive strawberry in your mouth How could you not see the nature of such an imposing act Read over it Tess See it from my point of view They are already here D Urberville began gathering specimens of the fruit for her, handing them back to her as he stooped and, presently, selecting a specially fine product of the British Queen variety, he stood up and held it by the stem to her mouth No no she said quickly, putting her fingers between his hand and her lips I would rather take it in my own hand Nonsense he insisted and in a slight distress she parted her lips and took it in.How could you not see his motives I understand that your mother didn t teach you anything Your parents threw you into the world and let you bare their burdens of responsibility I understand that was a large task But, still, how can you not see that this man was sniffing round you and only after one thing Why didn t you run Why didn t you get as far away as possible form such an insincere degenerate cur as Alec D Urberville After that, Tess, I just couldn t believe in your character I cannot believe that someone could possibly be as stupid as you Tess I m sorry Tess, but you were just badly written You just seemed a little bit too fatalistic It s like you d given up on life before you d even experienced it You just went from disaster to disaster without realising that most men of your time were pigs You didn t learn anything it s like you were born with a pre ordained destiny to take shit from everybody and then die You just trudged through muck, and then went looking for afterwards If you re characterisation is emblematic of Victorian womanhood, then every Victorian woman has been terrible insulted I understand that the problems you faced were real You came across real injustice, Tess There s no denying that What Alec did to you was pure evil What Angel did you was nothing short of neglect One rule for men and another for women, eh Tess You really experienced misogyny and injustice I know, and I feel sorry for you, but Tess you were just so unbelievably weak Why did you go running back to Angel after what he did to you He clearly didn t love you Why did you wait for him for so long and just accept the negligence that he subjected you to How could you let yourself down like that You should have gone on your own and become your own woman you should have become empowered rather than crawling back to the bastards that mistreated you Your actions made no sense Your emotions and love changed with the wind I blame your creator Tess I don t think he knew quite what he wanted when he wrote you He made a character who was a survivor with a will to keep trudging through life s shit, but she kept going back to that shit again, and again Rather than make you hopeless, he should have had you learn from the evils of the world, and become a woman who knew how to deal with it Then there s the ending of your story, Tess Why Stonehenge Why did you run there of all places Why not go to the train station Why did you let yourself be led along by that prat Angel Clare one time Ahh Tess, why did you waste your life The men you met were assholes your family were assholes too, so why didn t you just get away from it all Your most tragic mistake Tess, and your doom, was not realising what was inside you Tess, only if you realised, only if the man who wrote you realised, that women don t need to rely on men then the whole tragedy would have been avoided And I wouldn t be writing this letter to a fictional corpse Yours sincerely,A very dissatisfied reader.

  5. Cori Cori says:

    From my blog This book was fantastic It was bleak and heartbreaking, but fantastic I m not sure I ve ever been so sad for a main character before But wow, Hardy can write I m going to outline the plot, including the ending, so please note that there are SPOILERS AHEAD.Tess Durbeyfield, a poor girl, finds out she s actually the descendant of the once mighty D Urbervilles She goes in search of work at her relatives home, and meets Alec D Urberville no actual relation he stole the name , who seduces her and rapes her in the forest Bastard Tess leaves the D Urberville estate to be with her family again, and winds up pregnant The baby is born but quickly succumbs to death.Tess, who thinks her rape and death of her child are her own fault, moves away to work at a dairy There, she meets Angel Clare a kind man from a good family and the two fall in love Tess refuses his requests for an engagement, saying she s not worth him and her past would make him not love her He pleads with her and tells her it s not the case Finally, she agrees and the two are wed That night, they tell each other their deepest, darkest secrets Angel admits to two drunken nights of debauchery, which Tess forgives him for, and Tess tells him the story about Alec and the child Angel decides Tess s sins are too great and leaves to Brazil to clear his head Bastard.Tess then embarks upon a long journey of trying to pay penance for her sins by doing difficult manual labor Her letters to Angel go unanswered, but she still blames herself When she finally hits rock bottom, she goes to appeal to Angel s family for money, although her pride never lets her go through with her plan On her way home, she meets a street preacher, who is none other than a reformed Alec D Urberville, although it s pretty apparent that his faith is transparent Bastard.Tess tells him that she had had a child and it died, and Alec proceeds to follow her around and asks her to marry him repeatedly, saying he s her true husband because he raped her they had consumated their love Finally, she gives in because she hasn t heard from Angel bastard and her family is in dire straits and is living in a graveyard Alec supports her and her family.Angel finally realizes that Tess was not responsible for her sins and decides to come back for her, only to learn she s living with Alec Tess is so distraught knowing that Angel finally came back for her she never stopped loving him and blaming herself , that she kills Alec go Tess and she and Angel go on the lam Tess is finally apprehended at Stonehenge, and is soon put to death.Yeah Seriously That s one depressing story As a woman who lives in 2007, I had a hard time feeling for Tess when I just wanted to scream, it s not your fault he raped you Men at least in this book are bastards You re worth than them But of course this didn t occur to Tess in 1891 It was all her fault and she was paying for her sins The book was so bleak when it was bleak, and so lovely the few times it was lovely Hardy s writing was very evocative, and the subject matter was apparently scandalous in his day His descriptions of England were amazing, too I listened to the audio book, read by Davina Porter, and it was wonderful She s a phenomenal reader one of the best so far My Rating 9 out of 10 for being so tragically bleak yet so fantastically written Also, the mini series starring Justine Waddell is uh ma zing, so if you don t feel like reading the book although I highly recommend it you can watch the movie instead.

  6. Maria Maria says:

    I hated this passionately, which is perhaps unfair, as the book is really quite admirable for tackling the subject of double standards applied to male and female sexual behaviour But this is one of the most depressing, pointless novels I ve ever read in my life I have loathed this book for ten years and I will not stop.

  7. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    This novel is really about timing, it effects us all, meet someone at the wrong time or go north instead of south, your life can end badly Ordinary events, can change our destiny Timing is everything Tess Durbeyfield is born into a poor, rural, southern English family of eight, in the village of Marlott, Wessex A lazy father, John, with a taste for the bottle, and a mother, Joan, who would rather sing the latest songs, than do the necessary chores, at home But she grows up a very attractive woman and everyone notices, especially young men Informed by a minister, Parson Tringham, an antiquarian, that he, Mr John Durbeyfield, real name is the ancient one of D urbervilles, a honored wealthy family, of the past They originated with a Norman knight, of that name, who came over with William the Conqueror, but now have lost all their lands and mansions, just another destitute family, in the late, Victorian age John proudly boasts about it, at the local watering hole, getting drunk and his wife Joan, has to fetch him, which she is delighted to do The only fun she has, outside the cottage Tess being the eldest child, helps out her mother with the work of taking care of her brothers and sisters Her mother finds out, that there is a very rich family of D urbervilles, not far away, and urges her daughter to make a friendly visit Hesitating, but finally decides to obey and go Arriving, after a long walk, Tess discoverers that the relatives are not Having changed their names from Stokes, for the prestige But meeting Alec D urbervilles, the only son of a blind widow, he calls her cousin, in a mocking way A lecherous man of 23, Tess is only 16 Offered a job taking care of the eccentric old lady s pet birds, she can t refuse, her family needs the money Alec is always chasing her, the innocent girl lasts four months there, Tess comes back home, no longer a girl After a few unpleasant years passed in the village, and with her father ill, she gets a job as a milk maid to support the family, at a distant farm, besides, Tess hears whispers Becoming great friends with three other young women, Izz, Retty, and Marian, fellow workers there and roommates All fall madly in love with a handsome , clergyman s son, Angel Clare Who strangely wants to become a farmer not a minister in the Church of England, like his two older brothers Which greatly disappoints his orthodox father, and keeps him from receiving an university education Learning at the dairy, but he has only eyes for the lovely Tess Angel keeps on asking her to marry him And the uneasy woman, has a secret she would not want to disclose And Mr Clare, comes from a stable, middle class, family Does Tess, tell him and risk losing the man she loves Thomas Hardy s most famous and best novel, I think, but not for the very faint heart, when the pathos, flow.

  8. Helle Helle says:

    I finally read this classic for a book club recently, my own copy of the novel having languished on my shelves for too many years I realized, after the book club meeting, that I had probably expected it to be a discussion cum appreciation session, Tess being after all a cornerstone in English literature Not a bit of it Woman who suggested it Well, as you know I love the classics, and I think this is a great book I ve read it many times.Me sitting next to her I really liked it, too, and was glad to finally read it It was a tale of woe, to be sure, but I liked it.A few comments like that follow, it being the brief introductory round.New guy I don t know if I liked it or not, it was just so looong I can see similarities with some of Balzac s works and with Madame Bovary, but there seemed to be something missing in Tess I don t know I agree that Hardy can write, but I really don t know what I m supposed to get out of this today I mean the view of this woman, who s supposed to be totally pure but doesn t do anything She just doesn t DO anything what s that about I really needed a reason for picking up this book, or you know, I need to know why this is still read I mean why Moderator Uhm This is just the brief introductory round, so maybe we can come back to some of this Everyone around the table is stunned into silence Before beginning our discussion of Tess, we had briefly told the new guy our names and how long the group had existed four years The feeling was one of welcome goodwill.Moderator I think I know what you mean, though I m not sure what I thought about it either Yes, it s well written, but there seems to be a lot of unnecessary melodrama and one or two situations that I found somewhat unconvincing.Me Really But New guy Yeah, Hardy seems to overdo it sometimes, and then at other times he spends 50 pages just wallowing in thoughts Nothing happens Me What Lots of stuff happens But it s not Dan Brown, that s true It s a pastoral, Victorian novel where we follow one woman s journey and the hardships she goes through.Communist vegan woman nodding In an era when women were still living in a man s world and struggling to survive New guy But if we re supposed to read it today, give me a good reason I mean, Tess is just so whiny and selfish One minute she s pure, then she isn t Why doesn t she just get up and leave when she doesn t like her situation How is her inability to act even relevant for today s society continues in a similar vein for about a minute Communist vegan woman getting worked up Listen, Thomas Hardy had a very modern view of women This story is quite realistic, but you re taking a very northern view of this In some countries today, if a woman has been with a man, that s it they re practically married In the eyes of the surrounding community they are And remember that scene where she hides her face with a scarf because she s constantly getting shouted at by men Tell me that s not relevant today We hear news about stuff like that constantly the women are practically begging to be raped, right Me That s a good point Also, it was written in 1891, not in 2016 That s way before women s emancipation, which by the way is still going on But I really don t see how Tess is selfish She s constantly trying to do good and help her family, but she s let down by everyone around her her parents, Alec, Angel society New guy I don t see how her parents are to blame She is the one who decides to go here, there and everywhere to get a new job or find Angel s parents.Communist vegan woman Oh, she hardly decides It s her parents who push her into contacting the D Urbervilles in the first place Woman who suggested it And after that it s poverty Me Exactly It s the pastor at the beginning of the novel who gets the ball rolling when he mentions that her family is related to the famous D Urbervilles Tess is caught up in her parents ambitions to form a connection with them And later she s caught in both society s view of how women should behave and in religious double standards And poverty is underneath all of it.Moderator I see that that s what Hardy wants us to believe, but I don t really buy it I mean why does Tess view spoiler kill Alec at the end hide spoiler

  9. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    808 Tess of The D Urbervilles, Thomas HardyTess of the d Urbervilles A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented is a novel by Thomas Hardy It initially appeared in a censored and serialised version, published by the British illustrated newspaper The Graphic in 1891 and in book form in 1892 Though now considered a major nineteenth century English novel and possibly Hardy s fictional masterpiece Tess is the oldest child of John and Joan Durbeyfield, uneducated peasants However, John is given the impression by Parson Tringham that he may have noble blood, as Durbeyfield is a corruption of D Urberville , the surname of an extinct noble Norman family Knowledge of this immediately goes to John s head That same day, Tess participates in the village May Dance, where she meets Angel Clare, youngest son of Reverend James Clare, who is on a walking tour with his two brothers He stops to join the dance and partners several other girls Angel notices Tess too late to dance with her, as he is already late for a promised meeting with his brothers Tess feels slighted 1997 1383 543 1388 244 .

  10. Lizzy Lizzy says:

    I need to start by venting all the despair I felt reading Thomas Hardy s Tess of the D Ubervilles This tale is certainly not Pride or Prejudice or even Jane Eyre where the heroines have the prospect or the hope of happiness What could a woman of Tess s time and situation hope for Contentment But not even that was in store for our poor heroine Tess sweet, loving nature is invariably abused by men, specifically the two central male characters of Alec D Urberville and Angel Clare The road that these two men lead her down becomes increasingly terrible and depressing But what makes it worst is that Tess herself felt she deserved her fate Yes, I found the story compelling but too sad and disheartening, and if it were not for Thomas Hardy superb writing, I would find myself not enjoying it at all Yes, it almost makes me feel angry with Hardy, for Tess seems to make decisions that regularly could not be the worst choice She seems never to catch a break So, our heroine resigns herself to a bleak future at best, having learned to consider herself through the brutal prism of social convention Never in her life she could swear it from the bottom of her soul had she ever intended to do wrong, yet these hard judgments had come Whatever her sins, they were not sins of intention, but of inadvertence, and why should she have been punished so persistently What insensibility the rigid morals that applied to women in Victorian England Hardy demonstrates it superbly, even if by doing it he made me weep But that was the reality of the times Morals and attitudes shaped women as inferior and subservient to men Aren t there traces of those views even nowadays In fact, there was no escape for Tess And Hardy goes beyond, portraying majestically the peril unhealthy relationships hold He does not need to idolize anything all is there plain to see She might have seen that what had bowed her head so profoundly the thought of the world s concern at her situation was founded on illusion She was not an existence, an experience, a passion, a structure of sensations, to anybody but herself To all humankind besides, Tess was only a passing thought May Hardy have gone too far I question myself Tess carries her sufferings and guilt through her entire life, but I found myself wanting for a reprieve Hardy hits you over and over again with Tess s misery that reading his story I sometimes wanted to abandon her Wuthering Heights is full of darkness, but at least the mystery, atmosphere and stronger than life characters appealed to me While for Tess there is only disillusionment, adversity and despair and I found myself wanting a reprieve Hardy hits you over and over again with such misery that reading it sometimes I was urged to forget her That did not happen when I was reading Wuthering Heights What I feel is that there are shades of darkness, and I prefer Emily Bront s gloom Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book However, I certainly will not revisit it, knowing ultimately of Tess s cruel destiny For my pleasure reads, I will stick with the happily ever after of Lizzy Bennet, or the brooding of Heathcliff that seems stronger than death But meanwhile, I have to appreciate Hardy s talent and perseverance in writing such a bleak story, for it is a reality that dreadful things happen to nice people.

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