Thomas Hardy Writing Styles in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

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Narrator

Tess of the dUrberville tells the story of a girl who is seduced and has a child who dies. When she meets another man whom she wants to marry, she is unable to tell bun about her past until after their wedding. Her husband abandons her, and Tess is driven by despair into the arms of her former seducer. When her husband returns, Tess kills the man she is living with. Hardy uses a third-person (he/she) narrator with an omniscient (all-knowing) point of view to tell Tess's story. Thus the narrator not only describes the characters but reveal their thoughts. Hardy also uses his power as narrator to offer his philosophical insights on the action. The novels closing paragraph, which begins  Justice was done, and the President of the Immortals, in Aeschylean phrase, had ended his sport with Tess is a good example of how Hardy...

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