Fate In Thomas Hardy's Tess Of The D Urbervilles

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Due to their views on the role of women, the men in Tess Durbeyfield 's life essentially bring about her fate through their mistreatment and lack of respect for her in Thomas Hardy 's Tess of the D 'Urbervilles. John Durbeyfield, Tess ' father from Marlott, often views his daughter as a source of work and an opportunity to fulfill his dreams, as she picks up his duties that he fails to fulfill. Moreover, Alec d 'Urberville, an abusive man from the wealthy d 'Urberville estate in Trantridge, constantly seeks to change Tess into someone that she is not, which ruins her future relationships. After Trantridge, Tess falls in love with Angel Clare, from Stourcastle, whose lack of forgiveness leads him to hold her at a distance after their marriage. …show more content…
When John Durbeyfield discovers his line of noble birth, he begins to look at himself and those around him differently, expecting more of Tess. He embarrasses Tess at the May Day party when he orders a carriage to transport him home. When Durbeyfield celebrates his learning of his wealthy title by drinking at Rolliver 's, Tess takes charge to make a delivery after her father fails to fulfill his duties to his family. After Prince, the family 's horse, dies in a crash on this journey, Tess takes full guilt, even though she was taking up the responsibility of her father. Moreover, Durbeyfield 's greed for a high place in society leads him to have little anxiety for the future of Tess. Durbeyfield possesses a decisive willingness to send Tess away to claim wealth and work for the d 'Urberviles. While the others, especially Tess ' mother, show hesitance in Tess leaving, Durbeyfield refuses to express his viewpoint in the conversation: "Her father alone preserved an attitude of neutrality" (35). Regardless of Tess ' desires, her father wants to marry her off into the rich line of the d 'Urbervilles. The emphasis that Tess ' father places on status in life causes him to steal the innocence of his daughter through using her as a source of work, as well as …show more content…
Angel Clare often ignores Tess ' opinions and feelings, putting himself before her. Knowing that her experience with Alec would cause problems in a marriage, Tess promises herself never to marry. But, Angel refuses to listen to her and believe this and insists on marrying Tess. Angel convinces Tess to marry him even though she tells him several times that she cannot marry him. Minutes before their wedding, Angel does not allow Tess to tell him something important even though she tells him that it is urgent. He simply reveals to her that they will have plenty of time to talk after the marriage, ignoring her concern. Moreover, Angel holds Tess ' prior experiences against her, while his actions ruin her. After the wedding, Tess finally reveals her past with Alec to Angel. Even though Angel had an affair with another woman, he cannot get past what Tess has revealed to him, viewing her as strictly innocent. Rejecting the person that Tess has become, Angel refuses to understand that Tess had no control over her experience with Alec, and he faults her for it. Angel moves away to Brazil, leaving Tess behind, which strips her mental state. Through Angel Clare 's strict morals, he ruins his relationship with Tess, causing her to question her

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