The Fate of Tess Leads Her to Her Death!

Topics: Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy, Life Pages: 4 (1272 words) Published: February 16, 2013
The Fate of Tess Leads Her to Her Death!
Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles, the narrator tells a story about a woman named Tess. Tess does not have any control in her life throughout the book. It seems that the people around her and especially fate control her life. I agree with E.M Forester’s observation which is: humans have this illusion that they can control their life.

Tess and the other young ladies attend the May Day dance where Angel and his brothers pass through and Angel wants to be a part of it. He chooses one young lady, but unfortunately it is not Tess. Later the narrator states, “He wish that he had asked her; he wished that he had acquired her name” (Hardy, 18). Hardy wants us to see that fate does not want Tess and Angel to be close in the beginning of the novel. Hardy shows us that fate will control when they will meet.

In chapter 11 Hardy never reveals the specific details that enables us to decide if Tess was seduced or a victim of rape. The narrator says, “Why it was upon this beautiful feminine tissue, sensitive as gossamer, and practically blank as snow as yet, there should have been traced such a coarse appropriate as it was doomed to receive” (74). Hardy’s narrator describes Alec’s action as ruthless and unjust, but the narrator does not judge Tess’s behavior. Tess lived in the Victorian Age, where people judged women more harshly than men, regardless of the circumstances. Hardy shows us that Tess’s fall was unavoidable; it was merely fate and part of how the world is. Hardy makes us care about Tess and not judge her decisions because it is fate that is making those decisions for her.

Tess leaves her hometown, and she arrives at Talbothays Dairy. Fate brings Tess and Angel together again. Their relationship becomes stronger and closer. The narrator indicates, “Tess had never in her been in her recent life so happy” (129). Hardy shows us that fate is giving her the illusion that she is in control of her life. Hardy...
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