‘Jude the Obscure’ – Thomas Hardy: Book Review

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‘Jude the Obscure’ – Thomas Hardy: Book Review –
Perhaps the most infamous, of the works written by Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure is a lachrymose novel, set within the region of Wessex, during the 19th Century. Throughout the tale, Hardy introduces many themes, including that of scholarship and marriage, therefore resulting in a forlorn and classic piece.

“In 1895 Hardy’s final novel, the great tale of Jude The Obscure, sent shockwaves of indignation rolling across Victorian England. Hardy had dared to write frankly about sexuality and to indict the institutions of marriage, education, and religion. But he had, in fact, created a deeply moral work. The stonemason Jude Fawley is a dreamer; his is a tragedy of unfulfilled aims. With his tantalizing cousin Sue Bridehead, the last and most extraordinary of Hardy’s heroines, Jude takes on the world and discovers, tragically, its brutal indifference. The most powerful expression of Hardy’s philosophy, and a profound exploration of man’s essential loneliness, Jude The Obscure is a great and beautiful book.”

As a result of the use of evocative language, and meaning within his text, Thomas Hardy successfully creates a poignant piece of fiction, which I recommend, as a prioritised read; although the content may be tenebrous and grim at times, Hardy’s ‘Jude the Obscure’, is a gripping, distinctive and Gothic novel.

(Quotation Source – Goodreads)



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