She is beautiful and irresistible to men. She is also young, innocent, and uneducated — unaware that the world is rife with lust, cruelty, and vanity. He is the consummate playboy, who knows no bounds to debauch women. He ruins Tess and does not know that she has had his child until much later.
Meanwhile, Tess, his eldest daughter, joins the other village girls in the May Day dance, where Tess briefly exchanges glances with a young man. Finally, Alec takes advantage of her in the woods one night after a fair.
Tess knows she does not love Alec. Sorrow dies soon after he is born, and Tess spends a miserable year at home before deciding to seek work elsewhere.
She finally accepts a job as a milkmaid at the Talbothays Dairy.
At Talbothays, Tess enjoys a period of contentment and happiness. She befriends three of her fellow milkmaids—Izz, Retty, and Marian—and meets a man named Angel Clare, who turns out to be the man from the May Day dance at the beginning of the novel. Tess and Angel slowly fall in love.
Still, she is troubled by pangs of conscience and feels she should tell Angel about her past. She writes him a confessional note and slips it under his door, but it slides under the carpet and Angel never sees it.
After their wedding, Angel and Tess both confess indiscretions: Angel tells Tess about an affair he had with an older woman in London, and Tess tells Angel about her history with Alec. Tess forgives Angel, but Angel cannot forgive Tess.
He gives her some money and boards a ship bound for Brazil, where he thinks he might establish a farm. He tells Tess he will try to accept her past but warns her not to try to join him until he comes for her.
She has a difficult time finding work and is forced to take a job at an unpleasant and unprosperous farm.
Alec and Tess are each shaken by their encounter, and Alec appallingly begs Tess never to tempt him again. Soon after, however, he again begs Tess to marry him, having turned his back on his -religious ways. Tess learns from her sister Liza-Lu that her mother is near death, and Tess is forced to return home to take care of her.
Her mother recovers, but her father unexpectedly dies soon after.
When the family is evicted from their home, Alec offers help. But Tess refuses to accept, knowing he only wants to obligate her to him again. At last, Angel decides to forgive his wife. He leaves Brazil, desperate to find her.
Instead, he finds her mother, who tells him Tess has gone to a village called Sandbourne. There, he finds Tess in an expensive boardinghouse called The Herons, where he tells her he has forgiven her and begs her to take him back. Tess tells him he has come too late.
Angel leaves in a daze, and, heartbroken to the point of madness, Tess goes upstairs and stabs her lover to death. Angel agrees to help Tess, though he cannot quite believe that she has actually murdered Alec.
They hide out in an empty mansion for a few days, then travel farther.An Analysis of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d’Urbervilles Set in the late s in a fictional county called Wessex, England, Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, is the story of Tess Durbeyfield, an innocent sixteen year old girl who grows into a complex women as the result of fate.
Discuss the importance of setting in the novel you have studied “Tess of the D’Urbervilles”, by Thomas Hardy, is set in the years of to , in Wessex, which is in the southwest of England. A summary of Themes in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d’Urbervilles.
As one reads Thomas Hardy's novel, it can be terribly tough to swallow the unremitting victimization of Tess, a poor but "pure" girl from a rural family. Hardy's theme calling on readers' sympathy for the female protagonist, while in many novels would be a glaring weakness, is by novel. Tess (Teresa) Durbeyfield The main character and heroine of the novel. She is beautiful and irresistible to men. She is also young, innocent, and uneducated — unaware that the world is rife with lust, cruelty, and vanity. Alec d'Urberville Heir to d'Urberville fortune who has Tess brought to The Slopes with the hope of seducing her. He is the consummate playboy, who knows no bounds to debauch women. The MA dissertation ‘Tess of D’Urbervilles, an unfair existence’ deals with the problematic of Victorian women, analyzed in Thomas Hardy’s novel, ‘Tess of D’Urbervilles. The project is an attempt to find some answers about the women’s roles in a patriarchal society ruled and dominated by men.
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The MA dissertation ‘Tess of D’Urbervilles, an unfair existence’ deals with the problematic of Victorian women, analyzed in Thomas Hardy’s novel, ‘Tess of D’Urbervilles.
The project is an attempt to find some answers about the women’s roles in a patriarchal society ruled and dominated by men. The cruel hand of fate hangs over all the characters and actions of the novel, as Tess Durbeyfield 's story is basically defined by the bad things that happen to her.
Thomas Hardy himself, as the author of the novel, obviously causes the many unfair coincidences and plot twists that beset Tess, but as narrator he also manages to appear as her only advocate against an unjust world. Tess 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  and in book form in