The Exploration of the Horse in Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Hongxia LIU


Image was a kind of common method that the author expressed their inner meaning. In Tess of the D’Urbervilles, the horses and the related images were on the scene from the beginning to end, which also played an important role in the understanding of the text. This paper attempts to analyze the horses and carriages that presented in different times, and interpret their symbolic meanings and potential functions in multiple angles, which provides the readers some new perspectives and contemplation to comprehend the works deeply.


Tess of the D’Urbervilles; Horse; Function; Tragedy

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