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Tessknown as one of the softest figure in English literaturehas moved most readers to tears with her tragedyI believe most readers will put their blame on the evil Alec DUrbervilleeven on Angel Clarefor his desertion of Tesshowever I hold the view that Hardy wanted to suggest that Tess was an inevitable victim Throughout the bookHardys narrator constantly offers comments which suggest that Tess is a pureinnocent girl undone by circumstancesThe subtitleA Pure Woman Faithfully Presented reinforces this thesis that Tess is basically good and that consequentlyher unhappy fate is not her faultBy comparing her to a fly on a billiard tablethe narrator suggest her helplessness and insignificanceThe omensfrom the disastrous death of Princethe only horse of Tesss familyto the eerie tale of the DUrberville coachalso symbolize the inevitability of Tesss tragic destinyHardy expressed his pessimistic view of the world through the tragedy of Tess and revealed it in a series of accidents which also served as the omens of Tesss fate The DUrbervilles horsePrinceis dead in the night The cock crows three times the afternoon of Tess and Angels departure from Talbothaysthe paradise of Tess A sleepwalking Angel carries his young wife Tess to the ruined abbeylaying her in an empty stone coffin A story is told about the DUrberville coach which makes the sound of coach an ill omen connected with a long-ago murder And Tess murders Alec by stabbing a dagger into his heart Collectively these scenes suggest a strong streak of fatalism which leads to the inevitable tragedy of Tess As we have learnt the inevitability of Tesss tragic destinyA question is raised naturallyWhat causes itId like to give two reasons here 1The powerlessness of Tesss economic and social condition 2The male egotism in the nineteenth centuryTess represents the oppression of women by a rigid patriarchal society For the first reasonthere is enough in the novel to support the idea that Tess is a victim of
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