So I heard the argument a few times on who people thought was nicer out of these two characters and thought I would do a post on it to say what i thought. Obviously it’s not some big important message but it’s still pretty interesting as the opinion I seem to have heard the most was that people actually thought Angel was worse than Alec which I completely disagree with. The storylines following these two characters is that Tess goes to work for Alec during which time he rapes her, she then leaves only to have his child, after the baby’s death she goes to work elsewhere and meets Angel who she falls in love with and marries. The problem people have with Angel is that after they marry he tells her he actually slept with someone before, and in that moment, believing she was safe to, she told him her tale and he left her. He stays away for a long time in which she meets Alec again, now a repenting christian, and yet this doesn’t last long as he soon falls for her again and somehow persuades her to ‘marry’ him. Later on Angel comes back and so Tess murders Alec in order to be with Angel who accepts her despite this and they go together.
There is more to the story than this and of course there is loads of description and stuff around it but this is the general idea to it. My thoughts are that although neither are obviously good characters, Angel is by far the better as he does actually love Tess while Alec seems to just want her as a possession. Yes, Angel leaves her even when none of it was her fault and he had done the same, but he really did not mean to hurt her, where as Alec often actually seems to enjoy hurting Tess, at the end pushing her right to her limits. The thing that most people hate about Tess and criticise her for is her passivity, where as due to being me, as I kind of think i am like her in this respect, I feel less hate towards it. It does contribute to her downfall, but it’s how she is, and so I can’t truly blame that, she is just naive and sweet with no idea of all these things. Tess being passive is bad because of the way in which the others take advantage of this, obviously Alec especially, which is why I just cannot understand the viewpoint of how Alec can be a better person than Angel.
The idea from what I’ve heard is that people don’t mind Alec because he is at least honest and straight forward with how he acts and feels, he admits he is bad and just leaves it out as a fact where as in Angel you don’t exactly expect it when he isn’t all that great. Essentially I love poor little Tess and can understand her love for Angel and how he feels about her being impure (although I don’t agree with it) where as Alec has no remorse and no redeeming traits, at least to me.
So, what do you think? Would love to hear in comments!