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A Tragic Life Tragedy in our lives is caused not only by our direct and indirect relationships to people and events but also by our feelings of disgust longing and depression over a long period of time Tragedy may also be created by an opposing environment either of things inherent in the universe or of human institutions 1895 Thomas Hardy Whether the people or events consist of only small annoyances they can escalate into large problems that can create not only depression but death in ones life Throughout both Thomas Hardys Tess of the dUrbervilles and Margaret Laurences The Stone Angel comparisons are made between the varied incidents that send both Tess and Hagars life into isolation and the similar causes for both of the womens tragic life The fist incident that is introduced is how both Tesss and Hagars deaths are similarly caused by the deceitfulness of their loved ones who consequently ruin their lives and isolate them from society The earliest tragic effect Alec has on Tess is his overpowering need for ruining her Alec openly admits to helping Tess and her family by stating that Tess your father has a new cob todayand the children have some toys 63 but at the same time he tries to ruin her He cannot help taking advantage of Tess and he destroys any affection she might have for him This unfortunate flaw finally ruins her and casts her out of the social order Alec also tragedies Tesss life by his constant pursuit of her for a conquest A previous conquest to Alec openly admits that Ah thst think the beest everybody because the beest first favorite with He Alec just now 58 This shows that Tess is just one of Alecs many successes and that he has no real feeling for her other than lust This realization produces despair in her mind and corrupts her views on love Alecs last catastrophic act on
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