Jude the Obscure Essay

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  • Jude the Obscure and Social Darwinism Essay

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    Jude the Obscure and Social Darwinism         Jude the Obscure is indeed a lesson in cruelty and despair; the inevitable by-products of Social Darwinism. The main characters of the book are controlled by fate's "compelling arm of extraordinary muscular power"(1), weakly resisting the influence of their own sexuality, and of society and nature around them.   Jude's world is one in which only the fittest survive, and he is clearly not equipped to number amongst the fittest. In keeping

  • Reproductive Identity And By Jude The Obscure

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    Displacement in Jude the Obscure Jude the Obscure explores, among many things, the relationship between class and body, which this paper will frame theoretically with a consideration of Balibar’s Class Racism. In Class Racism, Balibar discussess the oppression of the working-class, in which the physicality of the working-class identity implies, ironically, a lack of identity and place in society. The question arises, then, how this class is maintained through generations, and Jude the Obscure provides

  • The Trope Of Disillusionment In Thomas Hardy's Jude The Obscure

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    The study investigates the trope of disillusionment in Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure. The paper reveals different struggles that Jude, the eponymous character, passes through. Through Hardy’s explicit portrayal of life in Victorian society, Hardy condemns human institutions which endlessly perpetuate people in suffering, castration of hopes and limit them socio-politically. In spite of his legitimate and lofty dreams, Jude dies like a dog. Moreover, social factor responsible for the abortion of

  • Comparative Study For Tess Of DUrbervilles And Jude Of The Obscure

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    Comparative Study for Tess of D’urbervilles and Jude of the Obscure The book of D’Urbervilles, the problems of Tess tend to start when his father comes to know that their family came from ancient family. She experiences pressure which makes her to approach Alec D’Urberville who seduces her. Later they bear a kid together but the kid dies at her infancy stage. Thereafter, Tess falls in love with Angel. She tells her story of D’Urberville to Angel who does not become happy about it because he says

  • References to Sue's Homosexuality in Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure

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    References to Sue's Homosexuality in Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure Perhaps the most interesting character in Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure is Susanna Florence Mary Bridehead (Sue). Throughout the novel, she is described as everything from boyish and sexless, all the way to Voltairean and just simply unconventional. Some claim she had read prolifically many writers noted for their frankness and/or indecency (Hardy 118). Upon a surface reading, one can't help but wonder about the sexual identity

  • Passion Versus Moral Duty Illustrated in Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure

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    Hardy’s Jude the Obscure undoubtedly uses this theme throughout the novel. Hardy creates two characters who are undeniably in love, however, they are forced to hide their great passions for one another for they both are married to someone else. These intimate feelings drive to two lovers, Jude and Sue, to neglect their commitments to their spouses and aspirations as they attempt to establish a life together. The intimacy between the couple would slowly devour their personal lives. Jude, the man

  • Jude the Obscure

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    Jude the Obscure Theme Analysis of Marriage Thomas Hardy, the author of Jude the Obscure, focuses on multiple themes throughout his book including social order and higher learning which is mainly seen in the first part of the book. Jude, a working class boy aiming to educate himself, dreams of a high level education at a university, but is pushed away by the cruel and rigid social order. In the second part of the book, Jude abandons his idea of entering Christminster and the focus shifts to Sue

  • Portrayal Of A Woman Associated By Thomas Hardy

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    pessimistic and his readers heavily criticized his last two novels. After writing Jude the Obscure, he resolved to not write any more novels because of the negative feedback he kept receiving for this and his previous novel. However, Hardy was able to expertly incorporate his beliefs into his narratives and reflect his views upon his characters. This results in the rebellious characters described in Jude the Obscure, particularly the character Sue Bridehead. This character has been described as the

  • Literary Criticism Of Hardy

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    The novel describes, as Hardy explains in the Preface, the ‘deadly war waged between flesh and spirit’. In Jude one of the main targets is the institution of marriage. There is also a new dimension to the criticism in that Hardy, although very tentatively, suggests possible future alternatives to the existing social organization, alternatives that would make man’s psychological make-up less of a liability than at the present. Hardy shows very clearly that Jude’s intellectual ambitions are not hampered

  • Great Gatsby Unjust Analysis

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    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy both deal with social class and the presence of suffocating social norms. The themes of these two novels are embodied in their women. The female characters in both Jude the Obscure and Great Expectations can be divided into two categories: the “elevated” woman and the “grounded” woman. How these characters operate within the confines of the novel, however, are reversed. In Jude, Arabella is the grounded woman, who ultimately