Tess of the D'Urbervilles


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    Tess of the D'Urbervilles 1: What's in a Name?

    Students explore major themes and the importance of characterization in this excerpt from MASTERIECE’s 2008 version of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. When the young and naïve Tess Durbeyfield first meets her “cousin,” the wealthy and jaded Alec D’Urberville, she is grateful for his attention and generosity. But, as the scene reveals, their character traits and the timeless themes of the story—love, betrayal, honesty—will combine to make this a moving story with a powerful message. See Teaching Tips for how to use the video in the classroom. This resource is part of the MASTERPIECE Collection.

    Click on the links below to download Teaching Tips, a Background Reading, and a biography of Thomas Hardy.

    Teaching Tips | Background Reading | Thomas Hardy: Biography  

    Grades: 9-13+
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    Tess of the D’Urbervilles 2: The Woman Pays

    Students analyze Thomas Hardy’s social criticism in this excerpt from MASTERPIECE’s 2008 version of Tess of the D’Urbervilles. When Tess finally reveals her troubled past to Angel, she hopes to be forgiven. Instead, Angel, appalled by her confession, rejects her and abandons her, revealing the destructive impact of the strict Victorian moral code and the hypocrisy of the double standard that continues to be applied today. See Teaching Tips for how to use the video in the classroom. This resource is part of the MASTERPIECE Collection.

    Click on the links below to download Teaching Tips, a Background Reading, a biography of Hardy, and an article excerpt about gender roles in the nineteenth century.

    Teaching Tips | Background Reading | Thomas Hardy: Biography | Gender Roles in the 19th Century (excerpt)

    Grades: 9-13+
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    Tess of the D’Urbervilles 3: What of Morality?

    Students examine the important theme of morality as they grapple with the contradictions inherent in the characters of Tess and Alec in this excerpt from MASTERPIECE’s 2008 version of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. As the scene illustrates, Tess may be seen by others a “fallen woman,” but she retains her sense of right and wrong. On the other hand, Alec uses his position in society and wealth to brutalize and manipulate Tess, proving his own lack of morality. See Teaching Tips for how to use the video in the classroom. This resource is part of the MASTERPIECE Collection.

    Click on the links below to download Teaching Tips, a Background Reading, a biography of Hardy, and an article excerpt about gender roles in the nineteenth century.

    Teaching Tips | Background Reading | Thomas Hardy: Biography | Gender Roles in the 19th Century (excerpt)

    Grades: 9-13+

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