Why Are the Final Pages of Tess of the D'Urbervilles so

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I believe the most significant part of the Tess of the D’Urbevilles is located within the last few pages of the novel. The murdering of Alec promotes a feminist approach to writing which Hardy attempts to undertake in places throughout the book, empowering Tess. This contrasts with the in depth detail he usually acquires, which is not apparent in the description of the murder. The reader neither reads how Tess murders Alec or what the murder scene looks like, in order for Hardy to maintain Tess’s ‘purity’. Additionally, it is likely that the fact Tess murders was enough of a controversial subject, without Hardy having to describe it, to shock the readers. The heartbreaking tragedy which radiates throughout the novel is particularly poignant when Tess gushes, ‘Say you do now, dear, dear husband; say you do love me, now I have killed him!’, with which Angel replies, ‘I do love you... it’s all come back!’ (page 448). Tess’s complete naivety and desperation for Angel’s acceptance and love has lead her to the extent of questioning her moral duty. As a reader we are unaware if Angel’s love has ‘come back’ because he’s finally seen Tess, or that it is because of Tess murdering Alec. Either way, further distress is created for the reader, as it is not possible for love to go away and then return and Tess seems completely oblivious to this. Angel either loved Tess or he did not. She, in fact, probably did not consult her morals when murdering Alec, although it is clear she thought through her motives - ‘when I struck him on the mouth with my glove, that I might do it (murder) someday for the trap he set me in my simple youth’. It is interesting to note that it was a glove, rather than Tess’s hand that struck Alec on the mouth, indicating that Tess was detached from him from the beginning, that she almost feared touching him. However, a strike with a glove also conjures

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