Tess of the D’Urbervilles was written at the end of the Victorian Period in 1891. Author, Thomas Hardy, has a strong belief in Imminent Will, or fate. Hardy deeply believes the matter of Imminent Will rules carelessly over man. The novel revolves around a teenage girl, who is lost in life and fate is the reason why she was involved in certain situations which test her innocence and purity.
Relationships from teenage years to adult years had a great impact on Tess. Whether it was family relationships or intimate relationships, Tess was affected in some way. The novel is centered on a tragic story involving the main female character, Tess Durbeyfield. Tess’ life is filled with exciting and unusual meetings, adventures, and misadventures. In Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Hardy expresses his strongest support of universal connection between man and the surrounding environment.
In the beginning of the novel, Hardy explains Tess’ home life with her family. Tess’ family is not rich by any means, but Tess’ father, John Durbeyfield, wastes much of the family’s income by drinking. Not much is discussed about Tess’ relationship with her father. Joann Durbeyfield is Tess’ mother. Their relationship is not the typical mother-daughter relationship.
Mrs. Durbeyfield does not inform her daughter about boys, and this lack of knowledge puts Tess in bad situations.