Thomas Hardy is one of the most outstanding novelists who have made great contribution to the English literature. Among all of his literary creations, Tess of the D’Urbervilles is one of his greatest. Today, more than 100 years after its publication, the readers and researchers worldwide are still deeply touched and moved by its moving plots and outstanding artistic writing styles. In Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Hardy hold the deep conviction that people living in the world are just like actors on the stage, like birds in cages, and human beings can not determine their fate, and the destiny of people is controlled by the supernatural forces. According to Hardy, human beings are not the master of their destiny, and people are at the mercy of indifferent forces which manipulate his behaviour and his relations with others. To some extent, Hardy is a pessimist, but hardy preferred to call himself a social meliorist. This paper attempts to study Tess of the D’Urbervilles from the perspective of the images of animals, centered on the analysis of the images of the symbolized birds.
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