Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles:The epresentative of a Tragic Hero


  • Ali Mazloum Hussain University of Kufa- College of Arts
  • Riyad Talib Muhammad University of Kufa- College of Arts



Thomas Hardy's Tess


Tess of the d'Urbervillesis Thomas Hardy's novel that tackles the story of Tess Durbeyfield, a working-woman in the farm of d'Urbervilles. She works so as to help her family in getting living. Jack Durbeyfield, Tess's father has no job. He spends his days in drinking wine. Tess looks like her mother, Joan Durbeyfield, in that both of them are uneducated and beautiful women. Alec d'Urbervilles forced Tess to be raped by him. She cannot oppose him because he is her master in work on one hand, and she is ignorant in the sexual relation-shipsbetween man and woman and the outcomes connecting from such arelationship.

Hardy condemns the passivity of Tees. Being a  passive  person means to loose; means to be aimless, dependent, and having conforming to the fate without any resistance. Tess is passive in not attacking, defending herself from Alec's seduction  at the beginning. She is passive in accepting Angel Clare's   decision to leave her―at the night of confession―at the end. She had better  counteract  the outsider attacks. She is partly responsible for her tragic flaw  and the other responsibility lies  upon her mother, Joan. Her mother did not advice, and did not tell her how to guard herself. By tragic flaw, it is the destructive factor generated from the defects in the character that lead to

destroy the charactertotally. 


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How to Cite

Hussein, Ali, and Riyadh Hasan. “Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles:The Epresentative of a Tragic Hero”. Kufa Journal of Arts, vol. 1, no. 18, Apr. 2014, pp. 61-78, doi:10.36317/kaj/2013/v1.i18.6422.