Tess: A Girl Doomed to Tragedy

Aihong REN


This paper aims to analyze the tragic character of Tess in Hardy’s masterpiece Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Tess, as the heroine of the novel, has charmed the readers with her sweet nature, innocence, purity, and beauty. Her misfortunes and final tragic death are most touching and unforgettable. Several factors contribute to Tess’s tragedy: the social reality, a mysterious force called fate, and her innate personality flaw all play a part in her downfall. We can conclude that Tess is a doomed girl, and her tragedy is inevitable.


Tess; Tragedy; Doom

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2Fj.sll.1923156320130703.2997


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