Tess of the D'Urbervilles vs a Thousand Splendid Suns Essay

4278 Words Feb 4th, 2011 18 Pages
The Power Within From the present day to thousands of years in the past, there has been controversy with women in society. They are stereotyped, judged and looked down upon in many places and times in the world. Whether it be their clothing, manner, beliefs or actions they have been scrutinized and analyzed far more than their male companions. Yet women have still stood tall and strong in the face of opposition. Nothing is more evident than in the novels Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Though each book is written in a different era and continent from each other, both authors have taken a profound look into the lives of women who, in submission of the society they live in, …show more content…
Her childhood is shortened as Joan’s actions become immature. Though Tess may want to participate in more events like the Cerealia festival as she did in the beginning of this book, she returns home to take care of her many young family members after her mother goes chasing after her husband, Jack Durbeyfield. This shows Tess’s maturity and sense of deputy-maternal attitude far beyond her years. Tess moves on to work at Talbothays dairy and “such high contentment with such a slight initial performance as that of having started towards a means of independent living was a part of the Durbeyfield temperament. Tess really wished to walk uprightly, while her father did nothing of the kind” (Hardy 103) Tess feels real and pure joy at leaving her homeland, and though she will miss her family. This is the right thing to do. She is showing her independence in life by moving on. During her stay back at home, Tess’s inner strength and character is shown again. She returns home from Trantridge and gives birth to the baby Alec d’Urbervilles left her with. Tess cares for this young infant regardless of its father and regardless of her undesire for it. During the early weeks of the child life, it falls ill and soon dies. Just before this, “Tess...accepted passively the consideration that if she should have to burn for what she had done, burn she

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