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Thomas Hardy

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Thomas Hardy

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Perspective and Narrator

Jude the Obscure is narrated from a third-person omniscient point of view by an unemotional narrator who often jokes at the expense of the characters.


Jude the Obscure is written in the past tense.

About the Title

The name Jude may also be associated with St. Jude, who is the patron saint of hopeless cases, and Jude is hopeless in that he cannot be saved by religion, one of the many ironies created by Hardy. The word obscure is mentioned 20 times in the text, sometimes meaning "unknown" and sometimes "hidden" or "not able to be seen." Jude notes that his and Sue's obscurity allow them to more easily get divorces and hide from the public scrutiny of their lifestyle.


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