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Tess Attempt to Find her Place in Society Everyone yearns for a sense of belonging to be happy and find their niche in life Some people do not achieve this dream while others do Some of the braver people do not give up easily even when all odds are against them Such is true for the protagonist in Thomas Hardys Tess of the DUrbervilles It can be seen that Tess is searching for and attempting to determine her place in society by doing many wrong things to get her way traveling and by dealing with harsh situations Tess believes that she belongs wherever her true love Angel Clare is She was determined to be with him even if it meant doing wrong things She conceals her past from him denies her opinions and even commits murder just to be with him The novel takes place during the end of the Victorian era During this time premarital sex was very taboo Since Tess was not married when Alec raped her she would be considered vile Tess swears that she shall marry himbecause she cant bear to let anybody have him but her Yet it is wrong to him and may kill him if he knowsHardy 229 This proves that Tess realizes that Angel would think less of her if he were to learn that she was not a virgin Due to this she kept the truth about her past from him in fear that he might find someone else who is a virgin to love This shows Tess determination by keeping the truth to get what she wants In order to be with Angel whom Tess believes she belongs with Tess denies her beliefs This is ironic because Tess thinks she should be with Angel because he thinks she should be with him During a conversation with Alec Tess claims that she has been cured of the presumption of believing things
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