A pure woman
Is tess a pure woman? of course she is, she was rob of her
innocence , but the fact still remains that she was pure at
My first question is, what do you mean by "pure"?
Virginal? Without worldly guile? If so, does a woman
become "unpure" if she loses her virginity or naivite?
Why do you think Hardy subtitles the novel, "A Pure
Woman"? After all, Tess is hardly the example of model
behavior...seduction and murder generally rule out that
Perhaps Hardy means that despite her earthly flaws, Tess is a
model of work ethic who tries to do what is right, morally right,
that is, despite the traps the world sets for women.
What do others of you out there think? Is Tess a model of
feminine strength, is the subtitle ironic?