Yes, society is unfair as well
Posted by Kellie on September 19, 1998 at 13:29:33:
In response to Not exactly, written by Constanza on September 17, 1998 at 14:40:13
IMO Hardy's characters have to fight against an evil nature (and that is very clear in TROTN where it is the moor which ultimately destroys Eustacya)... and against an evil "pathos"... I have these sense of "unfairness" too (no matter what you are or what you feel your actions and decisions will catch up with you) but it is not God that is unfair (though his characters may think so) but society and fate. I don't think that I am being clear. I believe that we should separate Hardy's opinion as a narrator than his characters' opinions, because they are not always the same.
I didn't think of that! I can't say that I like Hardy's books yet because he doesn't seem to offer much hope. The noble sufferring of the protagonists in light of an unfair society/nature/God just isn't enough for me ;-) He doesn't offer any hope of society changing and without Tess going to a "better place," the book has just left me feeling very morbid. The thought of her sister benefitting is some comfort but not much. Thoughts?
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