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*CompleteMonster: [[NouveauRiche Alec d'Uberville]] is a sexual predator who constantly lusts after Tess from the moment he meets her. Alec makes multiple attempts to force himself onto Tess and eventually [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapes her]]. Becoming a [[HidingBehindReligion preacher]] years later, Alec abandons his duties upon meeting Tess again, showing no remorse for raping her. When Tess suffers through massive hardships, Alec [[ManipulativeBastard emotionally manipulates the poor girl]] into becoming his mistress.


* ValuesResonance: But despite the aforementioned ValuesDissonance, the premise of the novel is still fairly relevant to the modern day as victims of rape are still sometimes persecuted due to UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming and UsefulNotes/SlutShaming.

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* ValuesResonance: But despite the aforementioned ValuesDissonance, the premise of the novel is still fairly relevant to the modern day as victims of rape are still sometimes persecuted due to UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming and UsefulNotes/SlutShaming.SlutShaming.


* FandomBerserkButton: Fans of the book were NOT pleased by the... er, unusual [[RomanticisedAbuse interpretation]] it got in ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''.


* FandomBerserkButton: Fans of the book were NOT pleased by the... er, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint unusual]] [[RomanticisedAbuse interpretation]] it got in ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''.

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* FandomBerserkButton: Fans of the book were NOT pleased by the... er, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint unusual]] unusual [[RomanticisedAbuse interpretation]] it got in ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''.

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* ValuesResonance: But despite the aforementioned ValuesDissonance, the premise of the novel is still fairly relevant to the modern day as victims of rape are still sometimes persecuted due to UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming and UsefulNotes/SlutShaming.


* DracoInLeatherPants: Alec in the 2008 BBC version. He's way more sympathetic than in the book or the other films, complete with a clear FreudianExcuse (and lacking a creepy moustache, too). Creator/HansMatheson EvilIsSexy portrayal doesn't help either.

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* DracoInLeatherPants: Alec in the 2008 BBC version. He's way more sympathetic than in the book or the other films, complete with a clear FreudianExcuse (and lacking a creepy moustache, too). Creator/HansMatheson Hans Matheson's EvilIsSexy portrayal doesn't help either.


* DracoInLeatherPants: Alec in the 2008 BBC version. He's way more sympathetic than in the book or the other films, complete with a clear FreudianExcuse (and lacking a creepy moustache, too).

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* DracoInLeatherPants: Alec in the 2008 BBC version. He's way more sympathetic than in the book or the other films, complete with a clear FreudianExcuse (and lacking a creepy moustache, too). Creator/HansMatheson EvilIsSexy portrayal doesn't help either.



** The Alec of the 2008 version seems to have shades of this.

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** The Alec of the 2008 version seems to have shades of this.this, since he appears to have a cold relationship with his mother.

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* {{Anvilicious}}: Hardy uses every single piece of symbolism he can to associate Tess with purity, and the omniscient narrator also interjects fairly frequently to reinforce the point. Justified in that it would have taken a lot to convince conservative Victorian readers that a woman who was raped was innocent, although to modern readers who (in most cases) are more likely to be sympathetic towards Tess anyway it can feel like overkill.
** Pretty much everything connected to religion in the novel is Hardy railing against religious dogmatism.


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Some scholars argue that Tess ''acquiesced'' to Alec, rather than being raped by him, in what is arguably a NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalisation on the part of those scholars. Of course YMMV, but this is not the most commonly accepted reading of the text by any means.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Some scholars argue that Tess ''acquiesced'' to Alec, rather than being raped by him, in what is arguably a NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalisation NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization on the part of those scholars. Of course YMMV, but this is not the most commonly accepted reading of the text by any means.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Particurly at Tess's confession, Angel spends time feeling sorry for himself for accidently choosing [[DefiledForever an impure woman]] as his wife rather than actually giving Tess the comfort she deserves.
* FandomBerserkButton: Fans of the book were NOT pleased by the... er, [[CompletelyMissingThePoint unusual]] [[RomanticisedAbuse interpretation]] it got in ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Particurly at Tess's confession, Angel spends time feeling sorry for himself for accidently accidentally choosing [[DefiledForever an impure woman]] as his wife rather than actually giving Tess the comfort she deserves.
* FandomBerserkButton: Fans of the book were NOT pleased by the... er, [[CompletelyMissingThePoint [[ComicallyMissingThePoint unusual]] [[RomanticisedAbuse interpretation]] it got in ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''.



* PuritySue: Simultaneously played straight and subverted. On one hand, by Victorian sensibilities, presenting a female rape victim as unfailingly pure was shocking - common thought would have been to view her as a slut who must have been 'asking for it'. On the other, Tess is deeply a victim of Victorian tragic literary convention, and considering that her only real character 'flaw' is her early naivete (which is presented as a part of her innocent charm), she definitely rings more than a little of this. Hell, even the title of the novel is ''Tess of the d'Urbervilles: a '''Pure Woman''' Faithfully Presented''.
** Considering that this was against Victorian convention, the title is probably intentionally chosen to underline the fact that Tess is an innocent victim and make it impossible to misunderstand the text of the book.
** Tess is by no means perfect. She put off even trying to tell Angel what had happened to her until they were almost married. Also, she stabbed a guy to death.



* ValuesDissonance: Even if the work is FairForItsDay, it sticks in the teeth of many readers.



* ValuesDissonance: Even if the work is FairForItsDay, it sticks in the teeth of many readers.

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Rape is not the victim's fault and they shouldn't be blamed for it.


* ValuesDissonance: Even if the work is FairForItsDay, it sticks in the teeth of most readers.

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* ValuesDissonance: Even if the work is FairForItsDay, it sticks in the teeth of most many readers.


* FandomBerserkButton: The fans of the book were NOT pleased by the... er, [[CompletelyMissingThePoint unusual]] [[RomanticisedAbuse interpretation]] it got in ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''.

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* FandomBerserkButton: The fans Fans of the book were NOT pleased by the... er, [[CompletelyMissingThePoint unusual]] [[RomanticisedAbuse interpretation]] it got in ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''.


* FandomBerserkButton: The fans of the book were NOT pleased by the... er, [[CompletelyMissingThePoint unusual]] [[RomanticisedAbuse interpretation]] it got in Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey.

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* FandomBerserkButton: The fans of the book were NOT pleased by the... er, [[CompletelyMissingThePoint unusual]] [[RomanticisedAbuse interpretation]] it got in Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey.''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''.

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* FandomBerserkButton: The fans of the book were NOT pleased by the... er, [[CompletelyMissingThePoint unusual]] [[RomanticisedAbuse interpretation]] it got in Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey.


** Considering that this was against Victorian convention, the title is probably intentionally chosen to underline the fact that Tess is an innocent victim and make it impossible to misunderstand the text of the book.

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** Considering that this was against Victorian convention, the title is probably intentionally chosen to underline the fact that Tess is an innocent victim and make it impossible to misunderstand the text of the book. book.
**Tess is by no means perfect. She put off even trying to tell Angel what had happened to her until they were almost married. Also, she stabbed a guy to death.

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