Can it be stated that Tess from Tess of the d’Urbervilles lost innocence and acquired strength at the same time after being raped by the character of Alec?

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She is reminded of her loss of “purity” but eventually overcomes these feelings of self-doubt. Rosemarie Morgan states that ‘Far from being a passive victim, Tess embodies a fierce impulse to self-determination against daunting, and ultimately insurmountable, odds’. Therefore, Tess can be said to overcome her image of a ‘fallen woman’. Hardy has developed a character whose inner strength allows her to conquer the established definition of the ‘fallen woman’. On the other hand, when...
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