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It is impossible to label Tess as an entirely passive or assertive character as she frequently fluctuates from one to the other She is constantly battling against her oppression as a female and trying to understand new experiences which are the major causes of her inconsistency She has a sense of duty regarding family and often acclaims the role responsible head of the household when the father is anything but and the mother is bawdy taking every opportunity to exploit Tess Tess is passive regarding accepting her mothers wish to send her away to the DUrbervilles with the prospect of marrying her off to Alec and even letting her know her intentions Her parents make poor role models no doubt contributing to Tess unstable character John Durbeyfield her father has little influence over Tess and only fills her with sorrow and disappointment She is the key to her fathers design to regain the family fortune for he intends to marry her off to a gentleman who will provide for her and themselves however Tess has no say in her fathers plans It was no secret that other families have amounted to little despite their former high esteem when attempting feats such as this before but Tess wasnt to know this Joan Durbeyfield Tess mother is aware that Alec is likely to make a pass at her daughter within the first third of the novel and pressures Tess to accept Though Tess understands the families impending poverty she still dreams of personal happiness and when her dream is compromised her assertive aspects become evident This can be seen when Tess hat is blown off whilst in the carriage and uses the opportunity to break away from Alecs torment The hat was in place and tied but Tess had not stepped forward No sir she said revealing the red and ivory of her mouth in defiant triumph not again if I know it What - you wont
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