Hardy aimed to shock!
Posted by Melissa on September 17, 1998 at 05:05:39:
In response to Increasing tension, written by Constanza on September 16, 1998 at 14:00:51
I think it must have been quite shocking for Victorian sensibilities.
In Tess of the D'Urbervilles Hardy Was most certainly aiming to shock the society of the time. If you will notice the second title to the book, "A Pure women." This in itself goes completely against what people in Hardy's time thought. If you were not a virgin then, no matter what the circumstances, and even more if you had had a child, you were impure, unclean and sinful. Hardy aims to undermine this belief in Tess and shake the foundations of his society. This is not just a novel people read for entertainment it was very politically motivated I believe. It seems to me that Hardy saw the unjust treatment of women and determined to bring it to peoples attention.
I apologise if I rambled.
- Well said ! (nfm) Katy M 08:25:37 9/17/98 (0)
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