Relationships Between Men and Women in Tess of the D'Urbervilles

1289 Words Dec 3rd, 2012 6 Pages
Robyn Quigley
How does Hardy present relationships between men and women in Tess of the d'Urbervilles?

In Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Hardy’s overall presentation of Tess's relationships with men are portrayed as complex and difficult, often victim to many extraneous factors such as social class, religion, society and fate. An important emphasis on male domination is also evident throughout the novel, which demonstrates the way in which women were considered to be the possessions of their male spouses at that time in the Victorian era. It could be argued that Hardy presents various aspects of Tess's life with an almost inherent fate of failure, her romantic relationships suffering this in particular. Tess's first romantic
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The difference is that they use their power in very different ways. Alec is built up with frustration, which comes to the surface when he does not get his own way with Tess, but Angel is built up with passion, and will persist on Tess marrying him until she caves in. So in this aspect, it could be argued that both men have been inconsiderate towards Tess's moral values and views, using their power and persistence to change her as a person. Hardy

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