Analysis Of Jude The Obscure

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Chofia Basumatary
Course Instructor- Dr. Usha Mudiganti
“The Woman Question”: Response Paper on Presentation
MA English (3rd Sem)
31 March 2017 Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy, serialized in 1894, was published in book form in 1895. The novel is believed to be Hardy’s last novel as he had stopped writing novels thereafter because of the appalling backlash it had received at the times. The novel is a bleak tragedy of one Jude Fawley of Marygreen, who as a boy of eleven and as a young man had high hopes for his future to be a scholar at Christminster but with time was deceived into an adolescent marriage and thus, his journey of social prejudice begins. The novel criticizes the institution of marriage, religion, education, which is a hard hitting reality even in the contemporary times, which
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Obscurity, as can be defined means the ambiguous, vague and uncertain quality of something or someone. Although the novel is an obscure movement towards tragic endings, the book as a whole ironically depicts the clarity of difference between real life and illusion. Jude, who was ever delusional with his high aspirations, is not to be blamed or reprimanded as he had committed himself in achieving his ultimate goal but with the passing times and hard hitting reality he slides into obscurity. The novel has ample religious allusions. Also the theme of religion in the novel and Sue’s initial ‘Voltarian’ or criticizing attitude of religion becomes a source of controversy. The author espouses of classical doctrine and its gloomy picture of life. It can be seen in the lines,
“We must conform! She said mournfully. All the ancient wrath of the Power above us has been vented upon us. His poor creatures and we must submit. There is no choice. We must. It is no use

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