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What are literary elements addressed in Tess of the D'Urbervilles?

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Posted December 2, 2009 at 6:30 AM via web

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What are literary elements addressed in Tess of the D'Urbervilles?

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kavitamathai | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 24, 2010 at 4:05 AM (Answer #1)

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Important literary elements in Tess of the D'Urbervilles are the pathetic fallacy, synesthesia, tragic irony, and omniscient narrative. A good starting point is examining the way Hardy's use of the omniscient point of view portrays Tess as a helpless victim of destiny, doomed to a tragic fate. Like Wessex, Tess is despoiled by the inevitable forces of history and progress.

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