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In "CliffsNotes on Tess of the d'Urbervilles, " you explore Thomas Hardy's literary classic as the author challenges many of the Victorian sensibilities of the 19th century by writing about such topics as immoral sex, murder, illegitimate children, and the unmarried living together. In the novel, you follow the journey of Tess as early events in her life lead her down the road to tragic ruin.
Chapter summaries and commentaries take you through Tess's journey, and critical essays give you insight into Hardy's view on religion, as well as his use of setting and comparisons. Other features that help you study includeCharacter analyses of the main charactersA character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the charactersA section on the life and background of Thomas HardyA review section that tests your knowledgeA ResourceCenter full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites
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