Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Notes from Class

Title: “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”

Name of the author: Thomas Hardy

Date: 1891

Gist: A young working class girl’s terrible fate which unfolds after she is raped by an upper class man in Victorian England.

Intention: How Tess’s rejection by Angel sheds light on the rest of the novel.

 

Answers to questions on Prose Fiction should refer to the text and to such relevant features as characterisation, setting, language, key incident(s), climax, turning point, plot, structure, narrative technique, theme, ideas, description…

Choose a novel or short story in which there is a character who experiences rejection or isolation.

With reference to appropriate techniques, explain the rejection or isolation, and discuss how this aspect adds to your appreciation of the text as a whole.

 

5 point intro.

Direct the examiner.

  • Rejection by Angel Clare
  • Devastating after all of his proclamations of love.
  • Tess’s recovery after her rape is undone.
  • Angel’s judgment reinforces Tess’s belief that she has committed a terrible sin.
  • Angel – true to his flighty nature – leaves to begin a farm in Brazil.
  • Tess punishes herself by taking work at Flintcombe Ash and disfiguring her appearance, whih she blames for causing her problems with men.
  • Ground down by Angel’s lack of communication, Tess feels his rejection of her is permanent, so she takes back Alec to save her family.
  • When he returns, Tess attempts to revert back to the life she had before the rejection by murdering Alec.

Conclusion must summarise the key points of the essay and show how they answer the question which has been set.

The plot is not enough – which themes does the plot help you to understand?

“Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.” Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116

Show off. An examination is no place to be modest.

 

 

 

“Tess of the d’Urbervilles” was written by Thomas Hardy in 1891. The novel concerns a young working class girl’s terrible fate which unfolds after she is raped by an upper class man in Victorian England. This essay will look at how Tess’s rejection by Angel sheds light on the rest of the novel.

 

Following Angel Clare’s rejection of the protagonist (“Tess of the d’Urbervilles”), the reader is shown the consequences which might affect a working class girl in similar circumstances in the Victorian period. Thomas Hardy’s 1891 novel uses this key event to explore the control exerted by the upper over the working classes in this period.

 

Immediately attacked for its morality when published in 1891, Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’urbervilles” show the diabolical impact of a rejection upon the protagonist. Following this rejection, Tess undergoes a transformation in her character as she is forced to understand the lack of power she has in a patriarchal world. Focusing on this key theme of male tyranny in the Victorian period, this essay will show how the theme dominates events after Tess’s rejection by Angel Clare.