Suppression of the suppressed: A study of Thomas Hardy’ Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Among Hardy’s women Tess claims attention first not only by reason of popularity, but more especially in that creator distinguished her by the appellation of ‘a pure women’. In spite of her seduction by Alec, Tess is called, ‘pure woman’. According to orthodox opinion, she cannot be considered pure. But on the ground of reason and good sense, Tess is as pure as any girl. In fact Tess should be considered spotless, as Angel Clare also calls her. Purity of a person is contained in the purity of heart, not in the so-called purity of body. Character should be judged not only by tangible achievements, but also aims and intentions of a person. Tess is suppressed into an immoral act. Her intentions are never immoral. She is pure at heart. This purity of her character is ultimately realized by Angel Clare who finally repents for his act of desertion of Tess.