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Tess of the DUrbervilles Essay In the novel Tess of the dUrbervilles the characters personality combined with the unfortunate coincidences lead to the ultimate tragedy In Phase the First subtitled The Maiden Thomas Hardy gives a strong sense of fate at work through the series of incidents that led to Tess impurity In the opening of the novel there is a strong emphasis on Tess ancestry Tess father is very proud and eager to claim kin as he thinks it will benefit the family in some way There are many small details that prepare readers what is to come later If it isnt so important Hardy will not have opened the story in such a way Beauty is a luxury but in Tess situation it leads her to danger There are many occasions where Hardy describes Tess beauty She was a fine and handsome girl and people will grow momentarily fascinated by her freshness Due to her appearance she is a potential victim of lust Besides her beauty her innocence and compliant personality make her doubly susceptible to the evilness of the world She was mere vessel of emotion untinctured by experience She doesnt know what the world is like and hardly knows how to express her discomfort Readers sense her helplessness when she says but- but- I dont quite like Mr dUrberville being there Every scene with Alec conveys a philandering impression of him At his first meeting with Tess he calls her my pretty coz He is already mesmerised by her beauty that he watches her at every opportunity Had she perceived this meetings import she might have asked why she was doomed to be seen and coveted that day by the wrong man Furthermore the scene where Alec takes Tess to Trantridge greatly reveals Alecs character He is a reckless lascivious person who takes advantage of Tess vulnerability He makes several attempts to kiss her Although Tess resists
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