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Tess Durbeyfield is a timeless heroine portrayed with qualities which Thomas Hardy felt to be most perfect admirable and ultimately tragic in womankind Hardy 80-85 In Hardys Tess of the DUrbervilles Tess the most memorable of all his characters is described throughout the novel with essential purity80 In writing this novel Hardy asked that she should not be judged by her label of fallen woman but instead be seen in her entirety of her unforturnate tragedy 83 Contrary to societys opinion of Tess Durbeyfield Hardy portrays her as a pure woman Thomas Hardy was born on June 2 1840 in Higher Bockhampton Dorsetshire England He was educated at local schools and left formal schooling at the age of sixteen to become an architects apprentice 1579-1580 Although he never attended college he continued to read and teach himself In 1862 he went to London to work in an 2 architects office but returned to Dorsetshire in 1867 to begin a career as a writer He married in 1874 to Emma Lavina Gifford which lasted twenty-eight years until Emmas death in 1912 He remarried in 1914 to Florence Emily Dugdale He wrote twelve novels and a book of short stories and several poems He died on January 111928England Hardy Victorian Literature is comprised a body of works written in England during the reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1901 written in the era called the Victorian Age Innovations change and increasing efforts to achieve political social and economics reforms marked the Victorian Age The literary writers in this time were conveyed as prudish repressed and old fashioned They felt compelled to accept social responsibilities This influenced the Victorian writers to both try to enlighten by suggesting new solutions to current problems and also to inspirit by moving the heart to new hopeEngland 547 In the novel Tess of the DUrbervilles Thomas Hardy introduces Tess as and explains that Phases of her childhood lurked in
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