Tess of the D’Urbevilles is a novel by Thomas Hardy. It was first published in serialised form in the British illustrated newspaper The Graphic in 1891. It was later published as a single volume in 1892. This book review is based on a reader’s perspective, and is not meant to replace your own opinion.
Book review of Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Thomas Hardy’s novel, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, first appeared in serialised form in 1891 in the British illustrated newspaper The Graphic. It was later published in book form as three volumes in 1891 and then as a single volume in 1892.
Tess of the D’Urbevilles reveals the division between men and women during the Victorian era. Unlike other stories, this novel takes place on a farm. While the setting may seem quaint, the story’s central theme focuses on the fall of the rural countryside.
The story revolves around a poor country girl named Tess. Her father is a haggler and takes his cart out every morning to buy and sell goods. His enthusiasm and determination to earn more money make him extremely happy. However, the couple soon find out that a wealthy family with the same name as Tess lives nearby. In hopes of finding a way to make Tess part of their lives, their family sends her out to meet this family.
In the end, Tess of the D’Urbevilles is an exceptional novel. Hardy’s work combines complex themes with poetic language in a remarkably entertaining and readable book. It is also a deep critique of late nineteenth-century English society and the way women were treated in the countryside.
“Tess of the D’Urbervills” is a tragic and heartbreaking portrait of gender discrimination in rural Victorian society. Hardy satirized the Victorian notions of purity and femininity. The story is depressing, yet it is nonetheless beautiful.
As the story progresses, Angel and Tess’ relationship continues to develop. However, Joan d’Urberville continues to be Tess’s antagonist. She constantly puts her happiness at risk. Although Angel tries to make amends, Tess cannot convince him.
Although the characterization of the two main characters in the novel is somewhat two-dimensional, there are some positive aspects to the characters. The young Tess is a strong-willed woman who tries to avoid her fate, and she is a good role model for girls in today’s society. However, she makes mistakes due to her lack of role models. She also takes matters into her own hands when she sees that she is unable to escape her fate.
Hardy’s novel also explores the issues surrounding the treatment of women in society. Although Tess has very little power, she is repeatedly wronged by others, and the men are equally responsible for this. Moreover, society is not so tolerant of men who seduce women.
During her childhood, Tess lives in poverty. After learning that her father is a descendant of the d’Urbervilles, she is sent to visit her wealthy relatives. Unfortunately, she ends up being exploited by Alec and falls pregnant. Throughout her journey, she also meets Angel Clare, who offers her salvation. She ultimately struggles to choose between her own happiness and her family’s economic survival.