Essay Tess of the d'Ubervilles

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Tess of the d'Ubervilles

Daily we as humans face an insurmountable amount of evil in which we usually stumble or fall to. It keeps us from walking perfect lives and becoming blameless and perfect people. It is thrown at us in many different ways often as society. As hard as we may try, we continue to fall back to our primitive, selfish nature. The author of the book, The Great Gatsby, states in the last line of his work: "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." In the novel, Tess of the d'Ubervilles, Thomas Hardy agrees with F. Scott Fitzgerald as he unquestionably presents his cynical views of the progression of humankind from primal inclinations. The novel's heroine, Tess Durbeyville,
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After being viscously attacked, Tess is unable to keep from falling victim to other dangers. Finally escaping her most persistent predator, she runs away to find peace and freedom from her past mistakes and finds her home on a farm that is called Talbothays. Here we meet a different type of threat or a wolf in sheep's clothing. Angel although anything but heavenly, begins his self-motivated "hunt" to capture Tess's heart. Although wary of his loving compliments and unsure of his confident advances, Tess meekly begins warming to his growing admiration. Throughout Angel's courtship of Tess she is overly aware of her past sin and constantly fights with herself that she cannot marry another man and keep him from falling for another "pure" woman. Instead of being so conscientious about how society feels about her, Tess should be more concerned with how she feels about herself. When Tess finally "turns her boat against the current" and takes a stand for wheat she believes in, she is ultimately destroyed by humankind. No matter where she turned or whom she tried to please, society finally won the battle and in the end, there was nothing left. The harder we try to please people and fit in to the patterns of life others have set the further back we fall, the emptier we feel. We all began as simple, selfish people and from that we will never detour. In Hardy's character, Alec d'Uberville, we find the unmistakable reason in which we are

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