Monthly Archives: November 2016

Laws of Society v. Laws of Nature

In The Time Machine, H.G. Wells not only explores the possibility of time travel, but also relates back to more contemporary issues of the 19th century like the laws of society versus the laws of nature–especially in the context of Darwin’s … Continue reading

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Probably being overly optimistic here

On her way to a new farm in search of work, Tess is spotted and confronted by the man from Trantridge who Angel had punched in the face. Tess “suddenly” flees into a “plantation” where, desperate for shelter she “scrape[s] … Continue reading

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Tess’s Lack of Action With her Own Life

One thing that stood out to me in the reading was the lack of agency Tess had, even in her own (potential) death. After Tess told Angel of her story, she immediately began to contemplate how she no longer longed … Continue reading

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Killing Tenderly

The final paragraphs of chapter XLI Tess is sympathetically narrated as she kills wounded birds. After seeing the birds, hurt but not killed by hunters, her “first thought was to put the still-living birds out of their torture, and to … Continue reading

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The Image of the Fire

I was struck by Hardy’s repeated use of the symbol of the fire. One of my favorite characteristics of Hardy’s writing is how he draws on nature to reveal the circumstance and fate of his characters, and his use of … Continue reading

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Narrative

“Tess’s plot has narratavized development not as unfolding maturation but as the wrenchingly undergone gaps—barely overcome—of emotional dislocation, not just as separate “phases” but punishingly disjunct stages in life’s aggravated, broken plotline.” “The Self Phased Out” Novel Violence The narrative … Continue reading

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Sisterhoods

From the beginning, Hardy suspends reality and describes groups of women. The all-women club of Marlott is described as a group that trumps the male groups (13). This would have been preposterous in this time of boys clubs and unquestionable male … Continue reading

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Who’s to Blame? Fate and Guilt in Tess of the D’Urbervilles

“This incident had turned the scale for her. They were simple and innocent girls on whom the unhappiness of unrequited love had fallen; they had deserved better at the hands of Fate. She had deserved worse – yet she was … Continue reading

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Eve or Serpent?

The Second Creation Story is one of the most well recognized displays of good and evil. When alluded to, each character has their clear cut nature. However, Tess is different in this regard. In this passage, Tess plays both the … Continue reading

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Autonomy of Thought: Education versus Being a Woman

Everyone’s thoughts are influenced by their environments and the people they interact with. People raised in a liberal part of the country are more likely to hold liberal political views, just like people raised in rural parts of the country … Continue reading

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