Is Angel Really an Angel?--- the Paradox of Angel of Tess of the D’urbervilles

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Abstract
Tess of the D’Urbervilles is the representative of Thomas Hardy. The heroine, Tess’s bravery, purity, and her determination impressed many readers deeply. Till now, there are many works written about this. In those works, the authors usually prize Tess and condemn Alec who raped Tess and made her pregnant. But there is still another character----Angel whom Tess loves most. In this paper, the author tries to prove that Angel is the root cause which leads to Tess’s tragedy. And through comparing this character to the image of angle in Christianity, tries to find the similarities between these two. Why does Angel hurt Tess so badly although he loves her so much? Is there some symbolized meaning of his name? In this paper, the author
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She renerves and goes to a dairy where she becomes acquainted with the son of a Protestant clergyman, Angel Clare. They fall in love with each other very quickly and they decide to get married. At the Wedding night, Tess tells him her miserable past and hopes her husband can understand her. But Angel doesn’t forgive her. Instead, he dumps Tess, and goes to Brazil alone. During this time, Tess encounters the hypocritical Catholics Alec again. Living vagrantly and poorly, and having a big family to feed, she has to live with him again. But Angel finally makes himself realize that Tess didn’t do anything wrong and he comes back to her. The coming of Angel makes Tess crazy and desperate. After quarrelling with Alec, Tess kills this person who destroyed her life. During the following days, Tess spends the most happy and peaceful days with Angel in the wilderness. One morning in July, a black flag (symbolizing death) moves slowly up the high pole of the city prison. Tess is hung and Claire therefore regret for it all his life.
Hardy uses two men to victimize Tess----- Alec and Angel. They both love Tess but also hurt her badly and lead to her tragic life. These two men have many things in common. They both come from the upper class, having money, even though neither of them earns it. Although they associate with a poor, working class girl, neither of them earns a living from the land. Kathy Newkirk said: “ even though they seem very dissimilar, in

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