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The roles of rustic characters in Tess of the Durbervilles are used in many concepts to express Tess superiority in the book Throughout the novel Hardy emphasis his love of the character Tess he has always made Tess stand out for example in the opening when we first meet Tess she is described as the most beautiful dancer their but he has also added the red ribbon so she stands out in the crowd of white dresses Tess of the Durbervilles like the other major works by Thomas Hardy anticipates the twentieth century in regard to the nature and treatment of its subject matter Tess is the twelfth novel published by Hardy He began the novel in 1889 it was rejected by several other periodicals from July to December 1891 It was finally published in December 1891 The novel questions societies sexual mores by compassionately portraying a heroine who is seduced by the son of her employer and who thus is not considered pure and chaste women by the rest of the society Upon its publication Tess encountered brutally hostile reviews although it is now considered a major work of fiction the poor reception of Tess and Jude the Obscure precipitated Thomas Hardys transition from writing fiction to poetry Tess of the Durbervilles deals with several significant contemporary subjects for Hardy including struggles of religious belief that occurred during Hardys lifetime Hardy was largely influenced by the Oxford movement a spiritual movement involving extremely devout thinking and actions Hardys family members were primarily orthodox Christians and hardy himself considered entering the clergy as did many of his relatives Yet hardy eventually abandoned his devout faith in god based on the scientific advances of his contemporises including most prominently Darwins on the origin of species Hardys own religious experiences can thus be seen in the character of Angel Clare who resists the conservative religious experiences beliefs of his parents to take a more religious
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