WITH REGARD TO THEMATIC PRE-OCCUPATION, DICTION, SETTING AND PLOT, ASSESS THOMAS HARDY “TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES AND MORAL”.
THOMAS HARDY- TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES
Thomas hardy first in his career became an apprentice to John Hicks. A Dorchester Architect for several years, his practice architecture in Dorchester, he also simultaneously studied Greek and Latin. It was during this period that he began written poetry. In 1862, Hardy moved to London ad worked as a Architect for Arthur Bloomfield. He continued to write poetry but was unsuccessful in getting it published. In 1871, his first novel, Desperate Remedies, was published, and a year later, under the ...view middle of the document...
Along the way, he meets the person who tells him about the nobility of his heritage and his relation to the wealthy family named D’Urbervilles. As a result of this news, John and his wife Joan send their daughter Tess to seek financial help from the widow Mrs. D’Urbervilles. Tess meets Alec D’Urbervilles, the son, who impressed with Tess’s beauty and offers Tess a job at Trantridge, the estate of his mother. Unfortunately,a Alec seduces Tess in the woods and raped her, Tess became pregnant for Alec after returning back to her parent and had a child appropriately named sorrow, and the baby later fall ill ad died.
In an attempt to overcome her sorrows and begin a new life for herself, Tess leaves marlott afgter a year and goes to work as a dairymaid at Talbothay’s farm. Here she meets Angel Clare, an Apprentice at the farm. Who is extremely conventional about morality? He is attracted to Tess for her beauty and freshness. Tess also admires and respects Angel, but at first keep him at a distance. Her past misadventure forces her to consider herself unworthy of him. Therefore, Angel Clare get married to Tess and discovered after their wedding about Tess’s past he couldn’t forgive the past and later parted her for Brazil.
The scenic background of Hardy’s novel is the imaginary Wessex, the ancient Kingdom of King Alfred. It includes six countries in Southern England and stretches from the England channel in the west and from Oxford in the North. Hardy describes the imaginary setting in detail, telling of valleys, woods, meadows, seasons, inns and villages in a very realistic manner. He made the setting come to life because Hardy was no stranger to this geographic location. He was born in Dourest in this part of England, and the best of his novels and short stories are set there.
The novel begins in Marlott, which in reality is a village of Dorset named Marnhull. Tess, the protagonist of the story, is born and raised in Marlott, an isolated village that differs greatly from the country beyond by describing Tess’s world as small and confined.
THE THEMES OF THE TEXT ARE;
1. The injustice of existence
2. Changing ideas of social class in Victorian England
3. Men dominating women
1. The injustice of existence: - Unfairness dominates the lives of Tess and her family to such an extent that it begins to seem like a general aspect of human existence in Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Alec was not just to Tess by raping her and subjects her to serious challenge of live. Destiny also is not in favour of Tess because she revenge by killing Alec which result in taken her to prison and later hanged for murder.
2. Changing ideas of social class in Victorian England: - Tess of the d’Urbervilles presents complex picture of not both the importance of social class in nineteenth-century. England and the difficulty of defining class in any simple way. The D’Urbervilles pass for what the Durbeyfields truly are authentic...