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Tess of DUrbervilles is written by Thomas Hardy and is first published in 1891 The story is set back in Victorian England when sexual and social hypocrisy could be found in the society The book was very controversial at that time because of the critiques towards the strict Victorian moral code The novel centers around a young woman Tess who struggles to find her place in society She is sent to a noble household dUrbervilles to claim kin with them Instead she comes back with shame and humiliation The story continues with how Tess deals with her disappointments in life struggling against her past and finally defeated by fate Tess of DUrbervilles is a romantic novel Ironically hate plays a more important role than love Although hope and happiness are also present in some places in the book they are overshadowed by the sorrows Before starting the novel readers should realize this is a sobering read Though it is beautifully written some content are quite troubling In short it is a dark romance As a novel Tess of the DUrbervilles is organized into seven phases each reflecting a period of Tesss life The first phase The Maiden begins with Tess as an innocent girl of sixteen who is totally unaware of the dangers of the world At the end of the phase she is no longer a maiden for Alec has stolen her purity The second phase Maiden No More has Tess returning to her parents home from Trantridge filled with guilt and self-hatred In the third phase The Rally Tess matures into a beautiful girl who strikes out on her own She becomes a milkmaid at Talbothays Dairy and Angel enters her life The fourth phase The Consequence shows Angels courtship of Tess and her great efforts to reveal the truth about her past to him It also contains her fatal wedding night confession In the fifth phase The Woman Pays Tess is denied
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