Tess of the d'Urbervilles Questions and Answers
by Thomas Hardy

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Elaborately explain the theme of morality in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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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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