The belief that the order of things is already decided and that peoples lives are determined by this “greater power” is called fate. Many people, called fatalists, believe in this and that they have no power in determining their futures. Despite this, many others believe that coincidence is the only explanation for the way their lives and others turn out. Thomas Hardy portrays chance and coincidence as having very significant roles in “Tess of the dUrbervilles” continuously. Three such coincidences were quite influential and had large effects on Tesss future. The first being that Tess Durbeyfields father, discovered that their family came from the oldest, (and at one time) most wealthiest family in England. Another event that occurs by mere chance in Tesss life is when Tess slips a letter of confession underneath both her lovers door and (by accident) the carpet, where he could not see it. The final coincidence would be the death of Tesss father, which not only leaves Tess in a state of deprivation, but also the rest of her family including her mother and six siblings. All of these coincidences had consequences that would change Tesss life,.
For the first sixteen years of her life, Tess
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