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by Thomas Hardy

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What are the themes of the novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles?

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There are many themes in Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Here are a few worth considering:

  • Fate: The entire story is propelled by a random act of mischief when Parson Tringham tells Tess' father that he is descended from the noble d'Urberville family. This sets in motion a chain of events that eventually causes Tess to meet Alex.
  • Nobility: Much of the conflict of the novel has to do with the arbitrary nature of class distinctions in British society. "Nobility" is shown to be simply another commodity available for...

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razia92 | Student
not really....I think my question has the lack of clarity....:D
sesh | Student

Yeah, since you've changed the question :D

razia92 | Student
thanku miss sesh bt its not wat I want..
sesh | Student

Assuming that you're asking what are "themes" in a novel, I would say a theme is the novelist's generalized or discussed universal facts or else a theme has been defined like this;

"Themes are the "keys" to understanding the novel. All novels and poems have themes that the author wants to get across to the reader. If nothing else, a theme is the impression that a reader gets that the book is about. It is not the action of the story, but rather the reader's interpretation of the purpose of the action. A theme can be a moral but it is not the same thing because not all books have traditional morals. Themes are arguably the most important aspect of a novel because they are the reason for the author's writing the novel. Themes are often vague principles or emotions, such as good versus evil, abuse of power, love, change or growing up."