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TESS OF THE DURBERVILLES Thomas Hardys Tess of the DUrbervilles is a novel that basically discusses Tess life from the age of 16 or 17 to the age of 21 We are told of her actions justifications trials and tribulations that she goes through along with the events that are significant in her life There are no subplots in the story that intertwine with Tess story because Tess story is the most important Her life is explored and examined with a thorough approach both emotionally and intellectually There are seven phases that the novel is put into in all of these seven phases something occurs that changes Tess life and makes her look at life with an adjusted view of how her life should be In the story there are different seasons and for each season there is a different mood to the story The seasons are like moods they both change after a period of time For example the season was spring when Angel and Tess fell in love at the dairy farm which symbolizes a happy time While spring symbolizes happiness winter is used to symbolize a time of sadness because the harsh winter at the dairy farm was when Angel decided he couldnt except her and left her for a while Tess is the eldest daughter in her family and because they are struggling the send her to seek help from the rich Mrs D Urberville whom they believe is a relative of theirs Her family sends Tess on her way not knowing that in fact the D Urberville are not relatives but Tess doesnt find out until it is too late When Tess gets to her destination she meets Alec D Urberville the son who offers help because he is impressed with her beauty He sends a letter to Tess family telling them of how he will be able to get Tess a job on his mothers estate tending
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