The Role Of Tess Of The D ' Urbervilles By Thomas Hardy Essay

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“Remember my lady, I was your master once! I will be your master again. If you are any man’s wife you are mine!” (Hardy 335). These are the despicable words of Alec Stoke-d’Urberville, the antagonist and villain of Tess of the d’Urbervilles, authored by Thomas Hardy. Within this Victorian Age novel, a blossoming young woman by the name of Tess Durbeyfield finds herself in a sinister relationship with a malicious and cunning young man by the name of Alec d’Urberville. Although he is mistaken to be her cousin, to which he has the surname of the Durbeyfield’s ancient relatives, the d’Urbervilles, Alec is, in fact, unrelated to Tess. From the inception of their relationship, Alec develops a love, or rather, a lascivious obsession, for the young woman. By the end of the novel, Tess justifiably murders Alec for all of the heinous inflictions he has done unto her. Alec d’Urberville is the villain of Tess of the d’Urbervilles in which his acts of deceit, temptation, and hatred spawns an insidious and hollow relationship that ultimately succumbs to his murderous death by Tess Durbeyfield. Three characteristics that serve to create Alec’s villainous persona are deceit, temptation, and hatred. After accidentally killing Prince, the family horse, Tess travels to Trantridge, the hometown of the supposed relatives of the d’Urberville family, in order claim kinship. At no point in the novel does Tess become aware that Alec is entirely unrelated to her. Alec, rather, is the son of a…

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