Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Multi-Quoting

Notes from class: Tess immediately shifts from “Artemis” and “Demeter” in Angel’s eyes, to an “unapprehending peasant”. Tess is shown in the novel’s opening with a “red ribbon in her hair”, and this motif follows her to Trantridge (where she has “full red lips”), to Talbothays (“where her skin has “madder stains”), and finally to the lodging house at Sandbourne, where the Alec’s blood stains … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Multi-Quoting

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – TIQEESQEEC

Notes from class: T              The first event which contributes to the final turning point is when Tess’s father is approached by Parson Tringham. I               Tess’s father is surprised when he is shown his d’Urberville heritage. Q             The Parson says to him, while walking home, “Good night Sir John.” E              It is interesting that Tringham uses the name “Sir”. E              From this, we learn that in … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – TIQEESQEEC

Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Tomorrow’s essay question: Answers to questions on prose fiction should address relevantly the central concern(s)/theme(s) of the text(s) and be supported by reference to appropriate techniques of prose fiction such as: characterisation, setting, key incident(s), narrative technique, symbolism, structure, climax ,plot, atmosphere, dialogue, imagery … Choose a novel in which a central character is flawed but remains an admirable figure. Show how the writer makes … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Notes from class:   “So each had a private little sun for her soul to bask in; some dream, some affection, some hobby, or at least some remote and distant hope….” All of the girls in Tess’s village are working class, and their dreams are remote to them – unlikely ever to be fulfilled. “I don’t know; but I think so. They sometimes seem to … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Sample Essay

The rejection of Tess Durbeyfield by Angel Clare is the turning point of Thomas Hardy’s 1891 novel, “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”. Despite promises of undying love to Tess, Angel is disgusted by Tess’s sexual past, and abandons his new wife in order to travel to Brazil. While this event is central to Hardy’s story, it also reveals key underlying themes such as misogyny and the … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Sample Essay

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Planning

Notes from class:   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 introduction Section 1. Tess experiences rejection by Angel Clare. “You were one woman, you are now another.” … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Planning

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Introductions

The hypocrisy of Angel Clare is rank, and he bears huge responsibility for the tragic fate of Tess Durbeyfield (“Tess of the d’Urbervilles”, 1891). Hardy’s characterisation of Angel as man who will not be bound by social convention creates hope for happiness in his heroine, but Clare’s cowardly rejection of Tess reveals both the weakness of his character, and also the punishing social conventions of … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Introductions

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 … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Notes from Class

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Sample Dice Revision Paragraphs

Heritage/ Alec Alec’s heritage is central to a key misunderstanding in the novel. D’Uurberville’s original family name was Stoke, and his father simply bought the name to give his family an aristocratic history. However, this was unknown to Tess or her father, so Tess effectively seeks a family connection with the wrong family. Her father, drunk, proclaims that his family has “skellingtons” in a tomb … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Sample Dice Revision Paragraphs

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Setting Essay

Choose a novel or short story in which the choice of setting is central to your appreciation of the text. Briefly explain how the writer effectively creates setting and, with reference to appropriate techniques, discuss how the writer’s presentation of the setting is central to your appreciation of the text as a whole.   A major presence, almost an extra character, setting plays a crucial … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Setting Essay

Tess of the d’Urbervilles

As preparation for the podcast task:   Tess Durbeyfield is a positive role model for girls What do we mean by “role model”? Someone successful in their chosen field? Someone who overcomes difficulties? Someone who attempts to make the world a better place? Someone who does not give in when life seems against them? Someone willing to take a stand against injustice? What make a … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Quick Planning

Turning Point – Theme of fate Parson Tringham – Heritage The rape – “It was to be” The letter – “blighted star” The hives/ death of Prince – red symbolism Pheasants – shows Tess’s death Stone Henge – Altar Tragic character – Theme Sexism Tess’s parents – they see Tess as a route out of poverty Alec’s seduction – strawberries and the roses Angel’s idealism … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Quick Planning

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Significant Moment

Choose a novel or short story in which there is a moment of significance for one of the characters. Explain briefly what the significant moment is and discuss, with reference to appropriate techniques, its significance to the text as a whole. The rape of Tess Durbeyfield is the keystone, around which all of Thomas Hardy’s 1891 novel (“Tess of the d’Urbervilles”) is built. In this single scene, … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Significant Moment

Tess – Ticky-Squeak Example

When Tess is raped, her life is taken in an entirely different direction. Alec forces himself upon Tess when she is asleep, showing how passive she is. While this happens, we are told that “upon her eyelashes there lingered tears”. Hardy uses a degree of ambiguity here – if Tess was asleep, she could not have been conscious of what was happening. The fact that … Continue reading Tess – Ticky-Squeak Example

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Better Introductions

Notes from today’s lunchtime group.   Sample question – How far a character changes over the course of a novel.   A good introduction Tess of the d’Urbervilles is a novel written by Thomas Hardy in 1891. The plot of the drama addresses the fortunes of a young peasant girl in Hardy’s fictional Wessex, who through a range of circumstances beyond her control, is driven … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Better Introductions

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Seventeen

“O why have you treated me so MONSTROUSLY, Angel ! I do not deserve it. I have thought it all over carefully, and I can never, never FORGIVE you!” Tess has come to the realization that Angel’s treatment of her has been disgusting and expresses this in a letter to him. However, Angel is able to be reconciled with Tess, perhaps showing that their love … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Seventeen

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Sixteen

How is the title of this section ironic? To be “fulfilled” usually means achieving some kind of happiness. In this regard it is a strange name for the phase, though on some level, Tess does achieve some fulfilment – a brief period of happiness with Angel before her death (and the end of her suffering). “Fulfilment” is also the end result of a process. So … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Sixteen

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Fifteen

“You, and those like you, take your fill of pleasure on earth by making the life of such as me bitter and BLACK with sorrow; and then it is a fine thing, when you have had enough of that, to think of securing your pleasure in heaven by becoming CONVERTED!” This is a terrifically spirited riposte from Tess. She says that the upper classes have … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Fifteen

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Fourteen

Alec is the convert. He has found Christianity and turned his back on his former life. However, his faith unravels when he meets Tess again. (It is interesting to remember that Angel’s father oversaw Alec’s conversion.) Tess is emotionally exhausted by this point. Angel has not contacted her, and she is living in abject poverty at Flintcombe Ash. The straw which breaks the camel’s back … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Fourteen

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Thirteen

“Angel–is she a young woman whose history will bear INVESTIGATION?” With a mother’s instinct Mrs. Clare had put her finger on the kind of trouble that would cause such a disquiet as seemed to agitate her son. “She is SPOTLESS!” he replied; and he felt that if it had sent him to eternal hell there and then he would have told that lie. ” This … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Thirteen

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Twelve

Angel is unable to forgive Tess because he believes her crime is so heinous as to make her a different person. He says that, “”O Tess, forgiveness does not apply to the case! You were one person; now you are another.” It is because he has put Tess on such a high pedestal that by suggesting she is human, or that she is any way … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Twelve

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Eleven

“Yes; at that dance on the green; but you would not dance with me. O, I hope that is no ill- omen for us now!” Links to Tess’s faith in local superstitions and fate. She feels that Angel’s failure to take Tess as a partner at their first meeting may indicate ill-luck in the future. “She knew that they were waiting like wolves just outside … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Eleven

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Ten

The Consequence refers to the resultant action of Tess’s inability to confess to Angel, but also the after-effects of confessing: Angel’s rejection of her.         Tess makes two attempts to confess her past to Angel. The first time his indulgent attitude causes her to retreat and tell him about her d’Urberville ancestry. Her letter slips under the rug, so that this effort … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Ten

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Nine

“She went stealthily as a cat through this profusion of growth, gathering CUCKOO SPITTLE on her skirts, cracking snails that were underfoot, staining her hands with THISTLE MILK and slug-slime, and rubbing off upon her naked arms sticky blights which, though snow-white on the apple-tree trunks, made madder STAINS on her skin…” The language here is incredibly sensual, emphasising the S, TH and K sounds. … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Nine

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Seven

Describe the image used to show how the vicar feels about Tess having baptised Sorrow herself. “Having the natural feelings of a tradesman at finding that a job he should have been called in for had been unskilfully botched by his customers among themselves” – The vicar is appalled that someone would make such a poor attempt at a task that should have been completed … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Seven

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Six

Comment on TWO images found in this passage. How might they connect to the broader themes of the book? “Sensitive as gossamer” – this reinforces the idea that Tess is fragile and beautiful, and easily broken. The idea is continued in the same line when her skin is described as “blank as snow” – the connotations of whiteness and purity are more clear in the … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Six

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Five

“Did it never STRIKE your mind that what every woman says, some women may feel?” Tess’s first outburst against Alec. Alec says that all women claim that they did not know they were being seduced after they had been seduced – as a way of defending their honour. However, Tess’s naivety is truthful, and it angers her that he can be so dismissive of her … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Five

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Four

Some critics point to Tess’s life as a succession of journeys. Identify two of these journeys and explain what she learns from them and how is she affected by her experience?   The journey to the market when Prince is killed, teaches her that she cannot rely on her parents, but she is crippled by her sense of responsibility to her family afterwards. She journeys … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Four

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Three

“So each had a private little sun for her soul to BASK in; some dream, some affection, some hobby, or at least some remote and distant HOPE….” All of the girls at the dance have their own private hopes which sustain them. Tess differs in that she harbours little hope for the future.   “I don’t know; but I think so. They sometimes seem to … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task Three

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task One

1. The title is a direct reference to Tess, but also has connotations of purity, virginity and the countryside: all ideas which the novel goes on to develop. 2. It suggests that she will be pure in some way. While she may not be pure in the view of the church after her “maidenhead” (virginity) is taken from her, Hardy believes she is pure in … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Task One

Tess Essay-Planning

Introduction There are many moments of significance The rape of Tess is the central event in the novel Para 1 The rape itself Tess is attempting to flee he danger of her co-workers Alec takes advantage while she is half-asleep He had had desires on her since the day they met He is a predator Hardy criticises Christianity, which allows the weak to be persecuted … Continue reading Tess Essay-Planning