Tess Of DUrbervilles By Hardy Essay Research

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Tess Of D`Urbervilles By Hardy Essay, Research Paper In the novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, Tess is faced with many different levels of happiness, from pure joy to absolute unhappiness. As she moves from location to location, the setting of these places portrays Tess’ joy. From her pure happiness at Talbothay’s Dairy, to the turning point of Tess’s joy at the old D’Urberville house, to her most unforgiving stay at Flintcomb-Ash, to her final contentness before her death at Bramshurst Court, the reader sees atmospheric changes that diminish then climb back up. Hardy thoroughly demonstrates through his descriptions of her surroundings how Tess will feel while stationed in each place. After Tess’s life has been torn apart by Alec D’Urberville she

needs to seek refuge. By leaving her home town of Marlott, she is able to start her life anew. She escapes to the jovial atmosphere of Talbothay’s Dairy. As Tess crosses over the ridge of the hill it seems as though she is switching worlds. Hardy’s description portrays the field as "a billiard table of indefinite length" (Hardy 98) with "a carpeted level, which stretched to the east and the west as far as the eye could reach" (97). The land is described as being as limitless as Tess’ joy. The area is plush and beautiful, and here, Tess is able to relax and be free of her past. Tess’ "whimsical eye" (98)sees "vivid green moss" (98). This gives the area a childlike appeal, as though you can be young and happy while at Talbothay’s

Dairy. Tess feels warm as she watches the "shadows… with as much care over each contour as if it had been the profile of a Court beauty on a palace wall" (98). Even the cows have a majestic magnetism as the "white [of their horns] reflected the sunshine in dazzling brilliancy" (99). Talbothay’s Dairy is glowing with joy and this warmth finds its way to a well-needing Tess. Tess is able to feel happy again and "that she really had laid a new foundation for her future. The conviction bred serenity" (101). This happy feeling continues throughout Tess’ stay, as she remeets Angel, and falls in love. After their marriage, Tess and Angel go to live in an old D’Urberville house near Wellbridge Mill. As they are leaving Talbothay’s Dairy they hear a

cock crow. The crowd immediately thinks of the old wife’s tale of an afternoon cock meaning bad luck. While they try to dismiss it saying that it’s "not what you think: ’tis impossible!" (Hardy 202), it sets the backdrop for what is to come. The mood and setting upon their arrival to the D’Urberville house are ominous, continuing the cock’s effect. Tess is depressed by the house, exclaiming "Those horrid women!" (Hardy 203) when she sees portraits of her ancestors. As the night grew longer "the restful dead leaves of the preceding autumn were stirred to irritated resurrection, and whirled about unwillingly, and tapped against the shutters. It soon began to rain" (Hardy 204). Tess’ happiness begins to falter with the rain. She proceeds to

tell Angel the story of her past, while "the ashes under the grate were lit by the fire vertically, like a torrid waste" (Hardy 211). Hardy describes the coals in the fire as having "a Last Day luridness" which penetrates to Tess, and results in her separating from Angel. This mysterious atmosphere is portrayed by Hardy in order to be a turning point and start the decrease of Tess’ joy . As a result of her past, Angel leaves Tess, and Hardy sends her to work at Flintcomb-Ash. Flintcomb-Ash is shown as a brutally unforgiving place. It is through this dismal atmosphere that Hardy shows when Tess hits the bottom of her happiness. Even while Tess is heading towards Flintcomb-Ash Hardy shows the change. The ‘air was dry and cold and the long cart-roads were