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In Tess of the DUrbervilles by Thomas Hardy the stagnant main character Angel Clare perpetuates a virginalpure dream-reality of Tess Durbeyfield Hardy displays tragedy by showing Angels struggle between illusion and reality not only with Tess but also with his pre-misconceptions of the lives of a farmer The tragic flaw is the mistake of making a misunderstanding The tragedy of human existence spoken of by Thomas McFarlane is the perpetuation of those misunderstandings Mirrored through all of human existence is the tragedy of the struggle of working past those misconceptions and explicitly Angels struggle with Tesss dream reality Angels contemplations of farm folk as the pitiable dummy134 and his time spent as a pupil to the dairy are misconceptions perpetuated by him in the beginning of his appearance in the novel In this example his struggle is reflected more internally than externally but this was all his local livery Beneath it was something educated reserved subtle sad differing128 Tragic and contradictory in nature the struggle of Angel to persist in becoming a farmer is reflective of his ability to cope with misconceptions of the common farmer Angel portrays the opposite reflection compared to his family when looking through the mirror of his life Angels mirror experience is looked upon as one that is rebellious Everything he does is so extreme opposite from the path his family paved for him All of Angels family had attended a prestigious university and had gone on to be clergymen Angel on the other hand decides to venture down another path and be a farmer instead of a clergyman Angels decision to be a common farmer pressures him to attempt to please his parents especially when choosing a spouse His internal struggle is between choosing the pure and loving farmers wife whom he desires or the well-established Christian wife which his father wants for him Thus although Angel is the opposite mirrored of his family his struggles
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