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)
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