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Thomas Hardy

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jude-the-obscure-thomas-hardyJude, Part 6, Chapter 1ell—Im an outsider to the end of my days!Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Introduction to Jude the Obscure by Cedric Watts, The New YorkerCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Samson & DelilahStand for the emasculating relationship between Arabella and JudeGin TrapsSignify the things that trap people in a life they do not wantSymbolize happiness that results from the freedom to chooseBirdsSymbolsEthical man married to Sue; defies convention by separating with Sue, damaging his careerRichard PhillotsonEthereal rebel; wants Jude to love her but wants to remain free from marriage contractsSue BrideheadEarthy sensualist; uses sex and cunning to trap Jude twice into marriageArabella DonnAmbitious, sensitive, sensual dreamer; loses his faith, learning, and love Jude FawleyMain CharactersThe son of working-class parents, Hardy trained as an architect but became a full-time writer in his 30s, producing more than a dozen novels, short stories, and hundreds of poems. Although a harsh critic of Victorian hypocrisy, he was embraced by the public in his lifetime and blazed a trail for modernists.THOMAS HARDY18401928AuthorWithout faith as solace, people turn to love; without love, life is meaningless.Pain of Existence without GodReligion is presented as an emotional crutch or a tool of conformity.Religious HypocrisyJude and Sue have unhappy marriages and are ostracized for their relationship.Problem of MarriageJude dreams of attending university, but its hallowed halls are closed to men of his class. He wants to grow old with his beloved soulmate, but she abandons him to appease a vengeful God. When all doors close without admitting even a crack of light, the obscure” Jude gives up on life.No Hope for the DowntroddenTHEMESEnglishOriginal Language1895Year PublishedThomas HardyAuthorJude the ObscureTragedyNovel

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