Please read Hap” by Thomas Hardy and discuss the poem. Thomas Hardy, the great novelist who wrote Tess of the D’Urbervilles, uses the theme of “fate” and “chance” in many of his works. Bad luck, pain, and sorrow seem due to fate or chance. Here in this poem he claims that it would be easier to bear misery if a vengeful God decreed it rather than blind fate or chance. To what extent do we believe that all our difficulties come from fate, rather than our own poor choices and actions?