The motive of Alec D’Urberville

Do all our actions come with motives?

“Thus the thing began. Had she perceived this meeting’s import she might have asked why she was doomed to be seen and coveted that day by the wrong man, and not by some other man, the right and desired one in all respects–as nearby as humanity can supply the right and desired; yet to him who amongst her acquaintance might have approximated to this kind, she was but a transient impression, half forgotten.” chapter 5 from The Maiden, Tess of D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.

When I was first introduced to the character in the above mentioned book, with his “coz”, I knew that he was bad news. Alec D’Urbreville, was a man with so much ulterior motives that he reminded me of politicians.

This novel, with its tragic lead figure, showed how one parent’s path to obtain money can lead to tragedy.  It showed how one man took advantage of a situation. The caused for Tess’ downfall was killed by  her. How should one react, what should he/she do, when the person who has caused so much pain, stands before him/her, laughing.

Jason Flemyng, played the cad magnificently.

How much “pushing” should parents do?

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