Tess - AP English 12 March 29, 2006 Tess of DUrbervilles By...

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AP English 12 March 29, 2006 Tess of D’Urbervilles By Thomas Hardy Background Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 the child of a stonemason. He was a trained architect and got a post in London in 1862. He wrote poetry throughout his life and published his first novel in 1867 (Under the Greenwood Tree ). He married Emma Gifford in 1874 and moved to Dorchester. People were somewhat outraged with Tess and Jude the Obscure , so in 1896 Hardy decided he was done writing fiction. (He only published poetry after that). His wife died in 1912 after a childless and troubled marriage. He married his secretary when he was 74 and lived with her happily until he died in 1928. Tess of D’Urbervilles is a Victorian novel (a time of great change in England) published in 1891. The novel stirred up a lot of controversy because Hardy shows compassion for the lower classes and shows the sexual hypocrisy of the time. Setting The novel is set in the 1880’s and 90’s in Wessex and other areas of England. The story begins in Marlott with Tess and her family. It was described by “The traveler from the coast, who after plodding northward for a score of miles over calcareous downs and corn lands, suddenly reaches the verge of one of the escarpments, is surprised and delighted to behold, extended like a map beneath him, a country differing absolutely form that which he has passed through (6).” The setting moves with Tess from Marlott, to the D’Urbervilles mansion, to the dairy all the way to Sandbourne and so on. Characters Jack or Sir John Durbeyfield Tess’s father who is a peddler of beehives and somewhat of a drinker. He learned from Parson Tringham that he was of the ancient lineage D’Urbervilles and seemed to go through a lifestyle change. He immediately ordered a boy to take up his basket and began bragging about his new found past (4).He even gave the boy a shilling even though it was “one of the chronically few he possessed (5).” “There's not a man in the county o' South- Wessex that's got grander and nobler skillentons in his family than I (4)." He is also dying from heart problems (15).” Tess Tess is the central character of the novel. She is the oldest of the Durbeyfield children. She is “handsome” with large innocent eyes” and a “peony mouth” (8). In Chapter XIV, it says that her eyes are “neither black nor blue nor grey nor violet; rather all these shades together,” like “an almost standard woman.”
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Tess is very innocent and feels horrible about herself after what happened with Alec and Sorrow. Even though Sorrow was a burden for her,“The baby's offence against society in coming into the world was forgotten by the girl-mother; her soul's desire was to continue that offence by preserving the life of the child (91).” Tess is self-sacrificing for her family when she goes to work, for her baby, and even Angel, for whom she would have “laid down her life” (266)."O merciful God, have pity; have pity upon my poor baby!" she cried. "Heap as much anger as you want to upon me, and welcome; but pity the child!"
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