Hardy’s Use of Jude and Sue in Jude the Obscure
In Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy presents the characters Jude Fawley and Sue Bridehead, who violate the conventions of the repressive Victorian society while attempting to follow their natural instincts. By studying the novel, one sees that Hardy's intentions in doing this are to arouse the reader's sympathy for the characters, and to join in their ridicule of the codes of conduct they are
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his contempt for the Victorian system.
Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscure, illustrates the attempts made by Jude Fawley and Sue Bridehead to defy the rules and customs of Victorian society. This evokes a sympathetic reaction from the reader and allows the author to prudently scorn the system along with the characters. This method of indirectly criticizing Victorian society is appropriate for a time when freedom of expression was a punishable crime.