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Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Tess of the D’Urbervilles: Themes

Alternate question: Discuss various themes in Tess of the D’Urbervilles

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Injustice and Fate

The theme of fate is one of the major ones in Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Tess is a generally good person and doesn’t deserve even a tenth part of the misfortunes that happen to her. It is more of a fate than her own responsibility: Tess is sent to Trantridge against her will, she doesn’t want to be with D’Urbervilles. Her rape is, definitely, not her fault. It seems that the poor woman becomes a chewing toy of the ill fate. She didn’t do anything bad do anyone but she keeps suffering for nothing. This raises the eternal question: why do good people live bad lives and why the world is so full of injustice?

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