When Tess returns home, her mother runs to gather her father from the pub. Tess is left to manage the household with her younger siblings and as the night grows darker, and her parents still have not returned, she goes to retrieve them. Her father has a delivery in the morning and it cannot be late. Seeing as her father is drunk and nowhere near sober, she volunteers to go...
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...urity. Her hardships impact her but not always negatively. She becomes stronger as she deals with them. Thomas Hardy makes it really easy to sympathize with her, to see her point of view, to see the injustices she suffers, and I applaud him for that because he was writing in a society that was too conservative to see this radical view. I feel like I fell in love with Angel Clare just as Tess did and I felt betrayed when he did not forgive her for a rape that wasn’t her fault, especially since he had voluntary slept with another woman. It is understandable though, seeing as Angel plays the part of how someone in their situation would react to such news. The reconciliation at the end however, really demonstrates how Thomas Hardy felt about how the sexual morality double standard should not exist. If Angel could get past Tess’s past, then a society could be more open.
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