Tess- Theme of time

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  • Time in Tess
    • Rural people who live in traditional, old fashioned ways are portrayed as morally good
      • 'Real generosity and admiration'
        • 'Little Jealousy'
          • Compared to 'Hussy' by town people at Trantridge who are more modern
            • 'Real generosity and admiration'
              • 'Little Jealousy'
                • Compared to 'Hussy' by town people at Trantridge who are more modern
                  • Suggests Hardy is implying that life by traditional ways of the past is superior to modern ways of life
            • Suggests Hardy is implying that life by traditional ways of the past is superior to modern ways of life
    • Structure of book with phases- represents phases/seasons of the year
      • Chronological order indicates inevitability of time passing
      • Demonstrates Tess's closeness to nature; they mimic each other
      • Could potentially indicate cyclic time
        • The character of 'fate', indicating that it affects everyone.
          • 'The president of the immortals... had ended his sport with Tess'
        • Representative of Tess's potential victory over fate by taking control and Angel marrying Liza-Lu
          • 'They arose, joined hands again, and went on'
          • 'If she were to become yours it would almost seem as if death had not divided us'
    • Evening associated with suffering, morning associated with happiness
      • Tess and Angel at dawn at Talbothays- like 'Adam and Eve'
      • Rape takes place at night- 'wrapped thick darkness'
        • Time of day aids Alec's crime
      • Confession of Tess's past- 'the night swallowed up his happiness'
        • Has devastating effects for Tess
      • Alec is murdered in the morning
        • Potential authorial comment- seeing the murder as a good thing and creating more sympathy for Tess.
          • Confirming Tess as the heroine rather than the villain.

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