The Relevance between Clare’s Ambivalence and Tess’s Fate毕业论文_英语毕业论文

The Relevance between Clare’s Ambivalence and Tess’s Fate毕业论文


摘 要




Tess of the D’Urbervilles is one of Hardy‟s masterpieces which describes the miserable fate of Tess. The tragic fate of Tess shows an inequality in society between gender differences and class differences. This paper analyzes the contradiction between “angel” and “devil” in Clare‟s character, and analyzes the contradictory character‟s effect to Tess‟s fate tragedy. This paper chooses a new perspective to describe how Clare affects the direction of Tess‟s fate. Hardy is good at describing the character and environment to show the fate of the characters of that era and to reveal the background. Tess‟s fate is mainly influenced by some factors and this paper will analyze the role of Clare on Tess to manifest Hardy‟s ideas in the creation of this book, to reveal the tragedy of women between class contradictions and gender‟s inequality. These novels are writing in the background of the southwestern part of England where Hardy grew up, this novel has a strong regionalism. Among Hardy‟s creation, Tess of the D’Urberville belongs to the category of character and environmental novels. Through the analysis of the influence of the male character to Tess of the D’Urberville, we can learn the social status and class disadvantages of women in this era.

Key Words: Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Angel Clare, Destiny



  1. Introduction 1
  2. Demonstration 2
    1. Angelic character of Angel Clare 2
      1. The youthful vitality 3
      2. The advanced thinking 3
    2. Devilish character of Angel Clare 5
      1. The misunderstanding 5
      2. The departure 7
    3. The reason of Tess’s finally tragic fate 8
      1. The contradictory nature of Clare 7
      2. The atonement of “devil” 9
  3. Conclusion 10

Works Cited 12

Bibliography 12


The Relevance between Clare’s Ambivalence and Tess’s Fate


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) was an outstanding realist writer and an extraordinary poet in the 19th century of England. He has published nearly 20 novels through his life and Tess of the D’Urberville is one of his masterpiece. Hardy was born in Dorset, England in 1840. He began his literary creation in 1862 and published the novel Tess of the D’Urberville in 1891. In 1910, Hardy won the British Literature Achievement Award which symbolized the success of his creation.

Hardy studied the Greek tragedy and Shakespeare‟s tragedy through his life, and he was influenced by Schopenhauer‟s tragic consciousness. He recognizes the skepticism of modern scientific thoughts, which lead to his pessimistic fate of life. Moreover, he believes that no matter what kind of human civilization develops, human beings will never be able to get rid of the fate. This is Hardy‟s fatalism which is the foundation of his creation. Many scholars think it‟s the idea of fatalism which lead to the tragic fate of Tess, the character and the class of Tess are doomed to arouse the finally tragedy. However, this paper will discuss an idea that Tess‟s tragedy is man-made and avoidable which is differing from fatalism.

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