The Use of Nature in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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The Use of Nature in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles In this essay I have explored Hardy's skill in creating mood through the use of nature in his novel 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'. I start with an introduction to Thomas Hardy, the writer, and a brief discussion his life and his motivation for writing the Wessex novels. The three locations I have chosen to examine in this novel are Marlott, Talbothays and Flintcomb-Ash as I think these environments play an important part in the life of Tess, particularly as in regard to the changes that she undergoes. In Marlott she is the spring bud waiting to blossom in a protected environment. In Talbothays she is in full flower and finds love in the summer fields and beautiful surroundings of the dairy. Lastly, when winter sets in, withering the spirit of the poor deserted Tess, time, place and circumstances change and we are transported to the barren wasteland of Flintcomb-Ash. Thomas Hardy was born on 2nd June 1840 in Higher Bockhampton, a hamlet near to Dorchester in the county of Dorset. He was born five months after the marriage of his mother Jemima Hands to Thomas Hardy, a master mason. Prior to the marriage, Jemima had served as cook to her future husband. Hardy?s birthplace was a thatched cottage, which stood alone in woodland, on the edge of a broad region of open heath. The bosky woodland gave way to the wide horizons of the heath, in an area of idyllic rural countryside. Hardy was brought up as a cottage child in this remote rural area, which proved an ideal backdrop and provided the inspiration not only for ?Tess of the D'Urbervilles? but also some of his other major narratives and poems. It was here in his study that he would conjure up ... ... middle of paper ... ...y cannot even communicate because of the overpowering noise. Tess is enslaved here by her poverty, her pride and her eagerness to take all the blame for Angel?s desertion. In all three places, Hardy literally sets the scene with graphic description that immediately creates the mood of the place and gives an insight into the storyline, by its clever descriptions of nature, climate and season. He is conveying atmosphere and hidden emotion and his vivid descriptions of the environment are paralleled to the characters and the story. It is only when you start to analyse his words that you realise Hardy is leading you in a certain direction or putting you in a frame of mind relevant to the emotion of that particular part of the story. In this way I think he completely influences the unconscious mind of the reader and adds so much more enjoyment to the book.
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