The Downfall of Tess in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Tess of the D'Urbervilles is considered to be a tragedy due to the catastrophic downfall of the protaganist Tess. From the early days in her life, her father John had begun to destroy her, which then led to
Alex D'Urbervill and eventually finished with Angel Clare. Each dominant male figure in her life cocntributed to her tragic downfall which the reader encounters at the end of the novel. It is unfortunate how one woman can be ruined by the three most important and dominant people in her life.
Tess's downfall began with her experiences with her father. She grew up with a father who drank excessively and did not give her any type of guidance or support. His …show more content…
When the time comes for
Tess to return to Marlott, he begs her to stay and gives her mahy flowers. This, to some extent, foreshadows how Alec will not give up on having her for himself.
Tess's first real horrific life experience comes about on the night when Alec and Tess are returning from Chaseborough. Upon realizing that she is vulonerable and weak he takes the opportunity to seduce her. The consequence of this is her unexpected pregnancy, which results in the birth of Sorrow. She is so depressed and upset she does not tell Alec about the outcome of that night and leaves Tantridge.
Unfortunately Tess's experience even with Alec results in a negative outcome. Nex she begins her journey to Dairyman Crick's farm, after receiving aletter asking her to go there. Once more she sets her family as her priority and not herself, she proves to be selfless. When arriving at the farm, she is introduced to a fellow worker, Angel Clare. They being to be close friends and finally Angel confesses his love for her and asks her to marry him, but she refuses.
Tess had promised herself that she would never again trust a man, not even her new love Angel after what Alec had done to her. As the months go byk, she finally gives in to Angel and marries him. When Tess reveals her past to him following the wedding, Angel