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Tess of the DUrbervilles Throughout the novel Tess of the DUrbervilles Hardy focuses on the life of Tess Durbeyfield Starting out as a young innocent girl Tess matures throughout the book to become a powerful woman who was capable of thinking for herself Furthermore she was also intelligent enough to realize her importance as an individual At the beginning of the novel Tess was portrayed as a young girl with too much responsibility for her age She was sent out into the world at a very young age and was unable to see the danger in life around her Tess was the one who had to fetch her parents from the inn because they stayed out too late In addition to that she was forced to do her fathers work because he was too drunk to realize what the current situation was Neither parent cared much about Tess her mother was always thinking about getting Tess married and her father was thinking of ways to restore their social order Due to the negligence from her parents Alec was able to take advantage of her physically and mentally By giving Tesss father a horse Alec was able to exert mental control over Tess in such a way that Tess was obliged to obey Yet Tess was able to overcome her affair with Alec because she possessed a keen sense of justice and morality She realized that she had sinned but also came to the conclusion that she should not be punished eternally for one mistake This realization also reflects upon Tesss maturation mentally Moreover because her affair with Alec also resulted in a child she was forced to mature much more quickly than she would have liked Tess also had the habit of blaming herself for everything that would not go as planned The whispering that Tess endures during her visit to Church after her affair with Alec only serves to strengthen her feelings that
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