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Death per Force

Garrett Stewart

in Novel Violence

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226774589
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226774602 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226774602.003.0007
Death per Force

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This chapter analyzes the violence in Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles. It comments on Hardy's exacerbated late-Victorian case of archaeologically tinged violence and flawed character of the heroine. This chapter argues that imposing upon Tess templates of frustration, ill-luck, violence and retributive murder gives the reader the tendency to remember Hardy's plot as a continuous punitive bludgeon on the way to a final violent arrest.

Keywords: Tess of the d'Urbervilles; Thomas Hardy; violence; novel; retributive murder; frustration; ill-luck

Chapter.  20885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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