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Tess of the Durbervilles The difference between destiny and fate is that with fate it is up to the individual to make the decisions on the path of life whereas with destiny a path has already been decided Everybody has the opportunity to take the path of life in the right direction and make good decisions When choices are not made with the heart it can often lead to somebodys demise In Thomas Hardys novel Tess of the Durbervilles Tess decides her own fate which leads to her downfall as seen through her unwillingness to stand up to Alec her telling Angel of her past and by allowing Alec to remaster her After many hardships to the Durbeyfield family and the death of their horse Tess takes it upon herself to do well for her striving family and make good relations with her thought to be long lost relatives Once there Tess quickly observes and witnesses the sexual and dominating nature of Alec and could have very easily terminated their relationship But Tess was very innocent at the time and had the wellbeing of her family in the forefront of her mind Tess life begins its downfall after meeting Alec as she is constantly pursued and taken advantage of in areas that made her uncomfortable Tess why do you always dislike my kissing you I suppose-because I dont love youI havent offended you often by love-making You have sometimes Tess chose to remain an acquaintance of Alecs even though his advances and attitude towards her were unwarranted and disliked Tess inability to walk away from Alec when she knows she hates him leads to the pain and anguish she suffers at the hands of Alec when she is raped and impregnated and then again later on after she has been married to Angel After some time Tess begins to put her life back together and manages to get a job
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