Day 4

Tess of the D'Urbervilles Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why does Angel decide to visit home when he does?

    Angel wants to give Tess space to think about his confession of love. He also wants to ask his father's advice about marrying Tess and starting a farm in the Colonies. Students may note that Angel seems to be seeking not only his father's advice, but also his approval.

  2. 2

    Does Tess have an obligation to tell Angel about her past?

    Students will differ in opinion on this question. Some may feel that one is obligated to be completely honest about the past with one's fiancee. Others may feel that given the unfair strictures placed upon women in the Victorian era, it is only fair that Tess should be able to keep...

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