Elaborately explain the theme of morality in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.
The subtitle of Tess is "A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented." From the title onward, Hardy is attacking Victorian sexual morality.
Tess, a naive 15-year-old, is not well protected by her parents, who put her in harm's way when they send her to work for a supposed cousin, Alec. Alec, an older man, rapes and impregnates Tess, who is now shamed as a "fallen" woman. Hardy shows, however, that what happened to her is not her fault. He portrays her as a good young woman.
Later, at the dairy,...
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