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Tess 27 jan 2011

  1. 1. Greetings
  2. 2. Tess Summary No. 4 Part Wise Summary, Analysis, Character Study and Points to Discuss
  3. 3. For most readers, the major issue in this novel is whether Tess is victimized, whether she is responsible for her fate, or whether she is partially victimized and partially responsible for her fate. http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/novel_19c/hardy/index.html
  4. 4. The title of the first section with its reference to  maiden  indicates Tess's innocence; she is, as Hardy describes her, "a mere vessel of emotion untinctured by experience" (page 9). http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/novel_19c/hardy/index.html
  5. 5. The deep emotions that move Tess and the feeling with which Hardy writes about her led J.I.M. Stewart to write, " Tess of the d'Urbervilles  is not merely an emotional novel; it is one of the greatest distillations of emotion into art that English literature can show." http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/novel_19c/hardy/index.html
  6. 6. PHASE THE FIRST: THE MAIDEN THE OPENING: CHAPTERS 1 AND 2.  The opening two chapters introduce several major themes: the effect of the past in the present, coincidence or chance, degradation of the poor, integration into the folk or community, and the fertility of nature. http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/novel_19c/hardy/index.html
  7. 7. Both Tess's father and Tess are involved with the past. Parson Tringham impulsively reveals his illustrious family tree to Durbeyfield. The immediate effect of this meaningless information about the past is Durbeyfield' s foolish behaviour: he is taken by his own self importance and then becomes drunk. http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/novel_19c/hardy/index.html
  8. 8. Consider, as you read, how much of an impact the revelation of her ancestry has on Tess's life. Discussion Topic One
  9. 9. Discussion Topic Two <ul><li>Is chance or coincidence operating in </li></ul><ul><li>the timing of the revelation, that Durbeyfield </li></ul><ul><li>must take the beehives to market early the </li></ul><ul><li>next morning? </li></ul>
  10. 10. To be Continued

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