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tess-of-the-durbervilles-thomas-hardy_v2Tess Durbeyfield, Chapter 12ut ... suppose your sin was not of your own seeking? Sources: The Atlantic, British Library, The Victorian WebCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Red & WhiteStand for sexuality and sin, chastity and innocenceWaterRepresents purity, especially when water is flowing freelyHairSymbolizes morality, with loosened hair representing loose moralsSymbolsAngel ClareTesss proud, opinionated, and idealistic husband; initially abandons Tess when he learns of her past but returns to herAlec d’UrbervilleRich, arrogant, and morally bankrupt young man; violates Tess and forces her to become his mistress in exchange for helping her familyTess DurbeyfieldYoung, inexperienced, and highly principled country girl judged unfairly for being raped; murders Alec and dies tragicallyMain CharactersHardy was both a Victorian and a modern writer. Although he focused on rural life, Hardy addressed Western social issues, which earned him controversy. Fatalism, nature, sexual themes, and bleak outlooks characterize Hardys nearly 1,000 poems, several volumes of short stories, and 14 novels.THOMAS HARDY18401928AuthorPride based on lineage or fear of judgment rather than virtue is destructive.PrideTesss fate is to fall, no matter how hard she works and strives to be virtuous.FateSociety is unjust in judging Tess for a sin that was committed against her will.InjusticeBorn in rural poverty, obedient and hardworking Tess Durbeyfield rallies to overcome rape, the death of a child, and abandonment by her husband. Proving she is a “pure woman,” despite societys view to the contrary, she strives to live virtuously in a harsh, unforgiving world.The Tragic Fall of an Ordinary GirlTHEMESEnglishOriginal Language1891Year PublishedThomas HardyAuthorTess of the dUrbervillesTragedyNovel

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