What is the role of fate and destiny in the novel "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy?

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It seems in Hardy's novel that murder and betrayal are not controlled directly by the characters in the novel. The plot is mired by tragedy after tragedy, all of which appear to be completely out of the control of Tess. Fate seems to be against her. The roll of fate in the novel is pervasive. It is in control of nearly every action the poor girl makes.

It is important to know also that Thomas Hardy considered himself to be a fatalist. He believed that everything in life was predetermined by fate.

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