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Thomas Hardys Tess Of The DUrbervilles is a novel in which his protagonist and other characters are confronted by an almost endless array of moral and socially acceptable choices Thomas Hardy makes the reader to take a critical look at the characters situation the characters thought process and the impact of the characters decision making in the society in which they live Thomas Hardy presents his reader with three major characters They are the protagonist Tess Durbeyfield Angel Clare Tesss longtime love and husbandand Alec DUrberville Tesss seducer and husband It is these three major characters whom Hardy chooses to place in the most precarious moral and social dilemmas It is through these characters and their dilemmas that Thomas Hardy displays the social issues found in Tess of the DUrbervilles Hardys protagonist seems to have been born in a dilemma Tess was the oldest of a very large family and she had the responsibility of caring for her younger siblings Young Tess had many concerns to cope with in her life Her father who drank too much came to understand that the Durbeyfield family could very well be the descendants of a royal family known as DUrberville Motivated by greed of becoming part of a higher class with no thought for Tess her mother and father made the conscious choice to send Tess to the DUrberville mansion to acquire work and marry a wealthy man While employed at the DUrberville mansion Tess was confronted with her first major social dilemma whose name is Alec DUrberville The young Alec is portrayed as a spoiled almost evil person a high class snob From the first time he laid eyes on Tess he begins to seduce her Hardys use of Alec DUrberville and his relationship to Tess sets the standard for the cruelty of society in this novel We the reader come to know that Alec
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