How the purity and sin are combined in the author’s perspective of the main heroine in T. Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles?

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Although Hardy’s portrayal of Tess as a ‘fallen woman’ is somewhat sympathetic, due to the fact he frequently takes on the perspective of Tess, he ultimately still views the idea of the ‘fallen woman’ as tragic. He presents Tess as a virtuous victim and therefore a tragic heroine through the use of color imagery and emphasizes her purity when he describes her as ‘the white muslin figure’ (p.73) just before Alec rapes her at the...
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