Can we say that author’s view of the main heroine of Tess of the d’Urbervilles is sympathetic?

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Tess somewhat conforms to the Cambridge Dictionary’s definition of a ‘fallen woman’ as she does lose her reputation. However, the major difference between Tess and this definition is that she did not choose to have sex with Alec, she was raped, so therefore Tess can be said to be a misinterpreted ‘fallen woman’. When the town finds out Tess is pregnant she is made an outcast and therefore is classed as a ‘fallen woman’ regardless...
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