In my Modern British Literature class, we just got finished reading Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. It took me weeks to finish reading this book because, at least for me, it’s one of those books you have to take in small doses. That’s not to say it isn’t good, because it is great. It’s rich in symbolism and great imagery.
For example, we see a recurrence of Diamonds, Spades, Ace of Hearts which are a property of cards. Cards symbolize chance, which plays such a huge part of the novel. Everything happens by chance. If only the parson hadn’t stopped John Durberyfield that day. If only Angel had noticed Tess in the beginning and danced with her. If only Tess’s father hadn’t gotten drunk the night before he had to make a delivery causing Tess and her younger brother to make the trip themselves. There are so many if’s, so many chance encounters that have a strong influence over the story.
I enjoyed the book for that reason and would definitely recommend it to you lovely people. It’s full of awesome images, and symbols as I said. I won’t get into it more than I have cause I fear spoiling it too much.
I would love to hear other’s opinion on whether or not Tess is a pure women, and their take on the events. Who’s the better man Alec or Angel? Let me know!