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Tess of the dUrbervilles is solely about Tess - her personality trials growth and development While many novels concern the interaction of characters this novel concentrates almost single mindedly on the life of its heroine Tess The other characters are important only to the extent that they affect Tess fate Tess story is of a woman who tries to respond to the changing world around her with honesty and integrity She can be viewed as an independent active heroine who chooses to suffer She can also be seen as a victim either of society or of her own nature who has no choice but to let herself be destroyed Society as a whole affected Tess lifestyle in numerous ways In Victorian England it was considered a heinous crime to have a child out of wedlock Therefore Tess was considered ruined at such a young stage in her life Not only was she raped and had no control over her pregnancy but now her worst fear is that society will forever shun her Even the love of her life Angel becomes a part of this society for a short time when he feels he can not forgive her for her sins Tess becomes distressed throughout the entire novel as she feels as though everyone knows about what she has done It is evident that this was a big tremendous occurrence in this time period as society felt as though a womans most prized possession was her virginity Tess obviously destroyed all hope of being seen through societys eyes as moral With the Durbeyfield family as it was Tess proved to be a foundation for her family in that she was a strong girl of her time Despite her familys dysfunction Tess primarily took over the parental responsibilities of the household If her father had not sent her out to the dUrberville mansion then the whole story would have been quite contrasting Joan Durbeyfield nearly sets up
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