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Ladies and Gentlemen 19th Century Britain was an innovative period catalyzed by the industrial revolution which altered many of societys values It is during this period of change observant authors reflected their attitudes towards prevailing social values praising and criticizing them through their texts Thus it is through the analysis of these texts can we appreciate the authors observations of the 19th century society One such text is the 1891 novel Tess of the DUrbervilles with the observer Thomas Hardy cleverly questioning societys outlook upon the purity of women and the dogmas of religion through ingenious characterization poetic voice and various literary techniques in the text Undoubtedly you will recognize that one of Hardys major observations in the 19th century is the value of chastity and purity in women This value is depicted vividly in Tess of the DUrbervilles through the effective characterization of Tess who is portrayed as the essence of societys chaste or valued female figure being Untinctured in experience and a picture of honest beauty flanked by innocence Interestingly Tess is also referred to as Artemis by Angel in the novel arguably this allusion of Artemis the virgin patron of childbirth from Greek Mythology emphasizes the existence of societys value that women should be chaste which is further reinforced by the opposing Phase titles of Maiden and Maiden no more notifying the responder that the novels plot revolves around this value and hence emphasizing its significance in 19th century society Evidently a detailed emphasis upon the value of purity and chastity in women is provided in Tess of the DUrbervilles hence indicating to us that Thomas Hardy made insightful observations on this 19th century value Personally I believe these insightful observations lead Thomas Hardy to attain a critical attitude towards the 19th century value of purity and chastity in women This critical attitude is reflected extensively throughout the text through the third person omniscient point of view allowing Hardy to implement
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