Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Coincidences Lead to Consequences

The belief that the order of things is currently decided and that people’s lives are determined by this “greater energy” is named fate. Several men and women, called fatalists, think in this and that they have no energy in determining their futures. Despite this, many others think that coincidence is the only explanation for the way their lives and other people turn out. Thomas Hardy portrays possibility and coincidence as possessing very considerable roles in “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” constantly. Three such coincidences had been rather influential and had large effects on Tess’s future. The first being that Tess Durbeyfield’s father, found that their family came from the oldest, (and at one particular time) most wealthiest family in England. One more occasion that happens by mere opportunity in Tess’s life is when Tess slips a letter of confession underneath each her lover’s door and (by accident) the carpet, where he could not see it. The final coincidence would be the death of Tess’s father, which not only leaves Tess in a state of deprivation, but also the rest of her family members including her mother and six siblings. All of these coincidences had consequences that would change Tess’s life,.

For the initial sixteen years of her life, Tess Durbeyfield and her loved ones lived in a middle-class-like situation in the town of Marlott. Due to the fact her father, was a life-holder on the cottage in which they lived, his rank was above the farm laborers. Nonetheless, John Durbeyfield is not in very good wellness when we meet him and he does not place a great deal interest in working, and rather spends time drinking. Upon returning to his house one particular evening, Durbeyfield meets a man named Parson Tringham who tells him that the Durbeyfield family members is the “lineal representative of the ancient and knightly loved ones of the d’Urbervilles, who . . . came from Normandy with William the Conqueror.”(p. 18) This news abruptly modifications Durbeyfield’s view on his family’s lifestyle and he decides that they should be living as their knightly and noble ancestors once did.

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