History Literature / TessOfTheDUrbervilles

28th Sep '15 1:48:52 AM WillBGood
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22nd Aug '15 12:13:37 AM Give1Take2
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* GodzillaThreshold: How Alec gets Tess into his clutches. She avoided him as much as possible because of his aggressive flirting, but while walking home after dark after a festival, Tess gets into a row with the peasant women she's traveling with, who all gang up on her. It's at that precise moment of desperation that Alec arrives on his horse and offers her a ride home, and the narrative makes it clear that if he had offered at ''any'' other time, she would have refused. [[FromBadToWorse He then takes her into the woods and rapes her]]. [[spoiler: Also how he gets her again near the end, when her father dies and her family is in abject poverty, and accepting becoming his mistress is the only way she can help them.]]

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* GodzillaThreshold: How Alec gets Tess into his clutches. She avoided avoids him as much as possible because of his aggressive flirting, but while walking home from a festival after dark after a festival, dark, Tess gets into a row with the peasant women she's traveling walking with, who all gang up on her. It's at that precise moment of desperation that Alec arrives on his horse and offers her a ride home, and the narrative makes it clear that if he had offered at ''any'' other time, she would have refused. [[FromBadToWorse He then takes her into the woods and rapes her]]. [[spoiler: Also how he gets her again near the end, when her father dies and her family is in abject poverty, and accepting becoming his mistress is the only way she can help them.]]



* SerialRapist: What Alec is implied to be, based on a comment by one of the peasant women when he rides Tess into the woods.

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* SerialRapist: What Alec is implied to be, based on a comment by one of the peasant women when he rides with Tess into the woods.



** Many readers reaction to Angel's coldhearted, self-righteous rejection of Tess on their wedding night.

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** Many readers readers' reaction to Angel's coldhearted, self-righteous rejection of Tess on their wedding night.
10th Jul '15 11:36:00 PM vifetoile
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* WrongGenreSavvy: Mrs. Durbeyfield, and the rest of the family, is certain that the plot will work out like a Cinderella story, where Alec D'Urberville will fall in love with Tess, and marry her, "making a lady of her" and elevating her family to a genteel position. This was common in other Victorian novels, it even might have happened in [[http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173597 a Thomas Hardy poem]], but sadly, they live in a Thomas Hardy ''novel.''
10th Jun '15 7:48:00 AM Give1Take2
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* CallingTheOldWomanOut: Tess's mother is not happy when she comes home from the d'Urberville estate not only unmarried, but [[DefiledForever deflowered]]. Tess counters that she never taught her about sex, let alone how to recognize or protect herself against unwanted sexual advances. Her mother is quickly subdued.

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* CallingTheOldWomanOut: Tess's mother is not happy when she comes [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming chides her]] for coming home from the d'Urberville estate not only unmarried, but [[DefiledForever deflowered]]. Tess counters that she never taught her about sex, let alone how to recognize or protect herself against unwanted sexual advances. Her mother is quickly subdued.



* GodzillaThreshold: How Alec gets Tess into his clutches. She avoided him as much as possible because of his aggressive flirting, but while walking home after dark after a festival, Tess gets into a row with the peasant women she's walking with, who all gang up on her. It's at that precise moment of desperation that Alec arrives on his horse and offers her a ride home, and the narrative makes it clear that if he had offered at ''any'' other time, she would have refused. [[FromBadToWorse He then takes her into the woods and rapes her]]. [[spoiler: Also how he gets her again near the end, when her father dies and her family is in abject poverty, and accepting becoming his mistress is the only way she can help them.]]

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* GodzillaThreshold: How Alec gets Tess into his clutches. She avoided him as much as possible because of his aggressive flirting, but while walking home after dark after a festival, Tess gets into a row with the peasant women she's walking traveling with, who all gang up on her. It's at that precise moment of desperation that Alec arrives on his horse and offers her a ride home, and the narrative makes it clear that if he had offered at ''any'' other time, she would have refused. [[FromBadToWorse He then takes her into the woods and rapes her]]. [[spoiler: Also how he gets her again near the end, when her father dies and her family is in abject poverty, and accepting becoming his mistress is the only way she can help them.]]
9th Jun '15 7:54:25 PM Give1Take2
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* CallingTheOldWomanOut: Tess's mother is not happy when she comes home not only unmarried, but deflowered. Tess counters that she never taught her about sex, or how to recognize or guard herself against unwanted sexual advances. Her mother is quickly subdued.

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* CallingTheOldWomanOut: Tess's mother is not happy when she comes home from the d'Urberville estate not only unmarried, but deflowered. [[DefiledForever deflowered]]. Tess counters that she never taught her about sex, or let alone how to recognize or guard protect herself against unwanted sexual advances. Her mother is quickly subdued.



* GodzillaThreshold: How Alec gets Tess into his clutches. She avoided him as much as possible because of his aggressive flirting, but while walking home after dark after a festival, Tess gets into a row with the peasant women she's walking with, who all gang up on her. It's at that precise moment of desperation that Alec arrives on his horse and offers her a ride home, and the narrative makes it clear that if he had offered at ''any'' other time, she would have refused. [[FromBadToWorse He then takes her into the woods and rapes her]]. [[spoiler: Also how he gets her again near the end, when her father dies and her family is in abject poverty, and accepting becoming his mistress is the only way she can help them.]]
--->'''Peasant Woman:''' Ee-hee-hee! Out of the frying pan and into the fire!



* {{Hypocrite}}: '''Angel'''. He admires "purity" (read: chastity) in others ([[DoubleStandard especially women]]), yet casually (and consensually) gave away his when he was younger. He admits as much to Tess on their wedding night. After he admits he's not a virgin, he asks for her forgiveness. However, when she confesses to and asks for the same, he refuses to grant it. He also attempts to take up a mistress, Tess' friend, for Brazil, thus compromising that girl's "purity."

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* {{Hypocrite}}: '''Angel'''. He admires "purity" (read: chastity) in others ([[DoubleStandard especially women]]), yet casually (and consensually) gave away his when he was younger. He admits as much to Tess on their wedding night. After However, after he admits he's not a virgin, he virgin and asks for her forgiveness. However, forgiveness, when she does so and confesses to and asks for the same, he refuses to grant it. He also attempts to take up a mistress, Tess' friend, for Brazil, thus compromising that girl's "purity."



* [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou I Want You Because I Can't Control You]]: Alec's feelings toward Tess after the rape. Before, it's clear that he just sees her as another conquest. However, after he's "mastered" her, Tess constantly shows no interest in anything further to do with him, and handily resists his efforts to keep her under his thumb. (Particularly by repeatedly choosing poverty and independence over accepting his strings-attached financial aid.) [[spoiler: At least until the very end.]]

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* [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou I Want You Because I Can't Control You]]: Alec's feelings toward Tess Tess, especially after the rape. Before, it's clear that he just sees her as another conquest. However, after he's "mastered" her, Tess constantly shows no interest in anything further to do with him, and handily resists his efforts to keep her under his thumb. (Particularly thumb; particularly by repeatedly choosing poverty and independence over accepting his strings-attached financial aid.) aid. [[spoiler: At least until the very end.]]



* LovingAShadow: Angel loved Tess because he thought she was an untouched virgin. When he finds out otherwise, he sees her as a completely different person. When Tess desperately asks how he could stop caring for her so quickly when he had loved her before, he [[KickTheDog brusquely tells her]] that he had "loved another woman wearing [her] face." [[spoiler: He [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realizes this is untrue]] after his time in Brazil, but by then it's too late.]]

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* LovingAShadow: Angel loved Tess because he thought she was an untouched virgin. When he finds out otherwise, he sees her as a completely different person. When Tess desperately asks how he could stop caring for her so quickly when he had loved her before, he [[KickTheDog brusquely tells her]] that he had "loved another loved "another woman wearing [her] face." [[spoiler: He [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realizes this is untrue]] after his time in Brazil, but by then it's too late.]]



* NouveauRiche: What Alec's family actually is, and why they adopted the ancient ([[ImpoverishedPatrician and unused]]) name "d'Urberville" to appear old and respectable.



* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Tess gives a swift but sweet one to Alec regarding his "[[HidingBehindReligion reawakening]]."
--->'''Tess:''' I feel indignant with you for talking to me like this, when you know--when you know what harm you've done me! You and those like you take your fill of pleasure on earth by making the life of such as me bitter and black with sorrow; and then it is a fine thing, when you have had enough of that, to think of securing your pleasure in Heaven by becoming converted!

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* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Tess gives a swift but sweet one to Alec regarding his religious "[[HidingBehindReligion reawakening]]."
--->'''Tess:''' I feel indignant with you for talking to me like this, when you know--when you know [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil what harm you've done me! me]]! You and those like you take your fill of pleasure on earth by making the life of such as me [[DefiledForever bitter and black with sorrow; sorrow]]; and then it is a fine thing, when you have had enough of that, to think of securing your pleasure in Heaven by becoming converted!


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* SerialRapist: What Alec is implied to be, based on a comment by one of the peasant women when he rides Tess into the woods.
7th Jun '15 10:51:42 PM Give1Take2
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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Alec's lust for Tess, technically speaking. Her love for Angel is unrequited when he learns her past, and Angel himself has ''three peasant girls'' who are flinging themselves at his feet, but whom he doesn't notice at all.

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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Alec's lust for Tess, technically speaking. Her love for Angel is unrequited when he learns her past, and Angel himself has ''three peasant girls'' who are flinging themselves at his feet, but whom he doesn't notice at all. One of the peasant girls also has an admirer who's loved her for two years, but she's hardly answered him.



** Somewhat subverted with Angel whose well known dislike of old aristocratic families comes to seem more and more like absurd reverse discrimation--especially when he claims Tess's tainted aristocratic blood is why she fell to Alec.

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** Somewhat subverted Inverted with Angel Angel, whose well known dislike of old aristocratic families comes to seem more and more like absurd reverse discrimation--especially when he claims Tess's tainted aristocratic blood is why she fell to Alec.



* CallingTheOldWomanOut: Tess's mother is not happy when she comes home not only unmarried, but deflowered. Tess counters that she never taught her about sex, or how to recognize or guard herself against unwanted sexual advances. Her mother is quickly subdued.



* DeathBySex: First, Alex rapes her which dooms her to society and her marriage with Angel. Then the text ''implies'' (and its depicted in TV miniseries and the 1979 film adaptation) that Angel and Tess consummated their marriage during their hideout at a mansion before Tess is taken to be executed.

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* DeathBySex: First, Alex Alec rapes her which dooms her to society and her marriage with Angel. Then the text ''implies'' (and its depicted in TV miniseries and the 1979 film adaptation) that Angel and Tess consummated their marriage during their hideout at a mansion before Tess is taken to be executed.



* ExtremeDoormat: Tess to Angel, especially after he finds out about her past and then mistreats and leaves her.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Angel attempts to take up a mistress, Tess' friend, for Brazil, thus compromising the girl's "purity."
** HidingBehindReligion: Hinted with Alec.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Angel '''Angel'''. He admires "purity" (read: chastity) in others ([[DoubleStandard especially women]]), yet casually (and consensually) gave away his when he was younger. He admits as much to Tess on their wedding night. After he admits he's not a virgin, he asks for her forgiveness. However, when she confesses to and asks for the same, he refuses to grant it. He also attempts to take up a mistress, Tess' friend, for Brazil, thus compromising the that girl's "purity."
** HidingBehindReligion: Hinted with Alec.Alec, [[ReasonYouSuckSpeech called out on]] by Tess.


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* [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou I Want You Because I Can't Control You]]: Alec's feelings toward Tess after the rape. Before, it's clear that he just sees her as another conquest. However, after he's "mastered" her, Tess constantly shows no interest in anything further to do with him, and handily resists his efforts to keep her under his thumb. (Particularly by repeatedly choosing poverty and independence over accepting his strings-attached financial aid.) [[spoiler: At least until the very end.]]
--->'''Alec:''' Remember, my lady, I was your master once! I will be your master again. If you are any man's wife, you are mine!


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* LoveMartyr: Tess's devotion to Angel reaches unhealthy levels, especially after he leaves her.
--->My husband that was is gone away, and never will love me any more; but I love him just the same, and hate all other men, and like to make 'em think scornfully of me!
* LovingAShadow: Angel loved Tess because he thought she was an untouched virgin. When he finds out otherwise, he sees her as a completely different person. When Tess desperately asks how he could stop caring for her so quickly when he had loved her before, he [[KickTheDog brusquely tells her]] that he had "loved another woman wearing [her] face." [[spoiler: He [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realizes this is untrue]] after his time in Brazil, but by then it's too late.]]


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* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Tess gives a swift but sweet one to Alec regarding his "[[HidingBehindReligion reawakening]]."
--->'''Tess:''' I feel indignant with you for talking to me like this, when you know--when you know what harm you've done me! You and those like you take your fill of pleasure on earth by making the life of such as me bitter and black with sorrow; and then it is a fine thing, when you have had enough of that, to think of securing your pleasure in Heaven by becoming converted!


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* SmallNameBigEgo: Tess's father, after he learns of his noble descent.
19th Aug '14 10:35:07 PM broxmeyer2
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* TraumaCongaLine: Poor Tess!

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* TraumaCongaLine: Poor Tess!The arc of Tess's story.
19th Aug '14 10:34:21 PM broxmeyer2
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* TraumaCongaLine: Poor Tess!
4th Jun '14 12:32:45 PM Redmess
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** Doubly so when he leaves for the much harsher climate of Brazil.
21st Apr '14 10:09:06 AM Redmess
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** Arguably ironic, as their actions directly contradict the meanings of their names.

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** Arguably ironic, as their actions directly contradict the meanings of their names.names: the angel betrays his ward, and mercy condemns the innocent victim.
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