The Novel ' Tess Of The D ' Urbervilles : A Pure Woman Essay

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In the novel Tess of the d 'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman, Thomas Hardy presents a radical story of a young woman named Tess Durbeyfield. Rape, childbirth, loss of love, and death accompany sixteen year old Tess on her journey to maturing. Plagued by society’s influential ideals, she experiences the pain and hardship that surround growing up as a woman during this time. Tess’s misfortune is mainly attributed to society’s views especially the double standard set on women, which is exhibited through the actions of Tess’s parents, Alec d 'Urberville, Angel Clare, and the community itself.
Tess’s parents are Hardy’s representation of the extent that society can infiltrate and harm Tess. They inadvertently started Tess’s misery because they believed in the views that destroyed her. Her parents sent her to claim kin, which means that Tess had to go to the d’Urbervilles, a distant relative from the Durbeyfields, in order to seek potential help. When Tess goes to claim kin she meets Alec d’Urberville, who begins her downfall. Joan Durbeyfield, Tess’s mother, is concerned when she sends Tess off with Alec, but finds consultation upon speaking with her husband when she is reassured that “‘[Tess] ought to make her way with ‘en, if she plays her card aright, And if he don 't marry her afore he will afer…’” (Hardy 65). Mrs. Durbeyfield sends her daughter off with Alec and hopes for a marriage between them, and notes that he will surely marry her if she gets pregnant. The parents portray the…

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