Jude The Obscure: Summary


Jude the Obscure is a book in which alienation plays a key factor in Jude’s life. Examples of such alienation are Arabella’s leaving Jude, the Schoolmaster’s leaving Jude, and Sue’s relationship with Jude.
Jude married Arabella because she is supposed, or pretended to be pregnant but their marriage was not a success. Arabella then left Jude to go to Australia with her father. The Schoolmaster left Jude, when Jude was a little boy, to get a university degree. Sue had an odd relationship with Jude; sometimes she loved him and sometimes she "could not care less" about him. Arabella, the Schoolmaster, and Sue are the three people that are the closest to Jude and his life. These three people ...

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not like the idea of Jude’s marrying Arabella to begin with.
Fawley’s aunt being a baker she made him a bride-cake saying bitterly that it was the last thing she could do for him, poor silly fellow; and that it would have been far better if, instead of living to trouble her, he had gone underground years before with his father and mother.
Arabella did not want to tell Jude that she was not pregnant but she did eventually. "He was inclined to inquire what he had done, or she lost, for that matter, that he deserved to be caught in a gin which would cripple him, if not her also, for the rest of a lifetime?" The marriage continued even after Arabella confessed but the passion is gone.
Jude decided to forget his miseries by drinking. He tries to push himself away from Arabella and away from the society that does not want him by sitting in a tavern for hours on end drinking until all is forgotten. Jude uses liquor as the escape from his miseries. Irving Howe shows that Jude needs to ...

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to divorce her to cut the last thread that links them together. Arabella had left Jude and, when she returns, expects him to grant her a divorce so that she can remarry. Arabella could be described as a wicked person. This quotation describes Arabella quite well, "Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil upon their beds!"(Micah 2:1). Arabella’s marriage was not a success because after a little while her spouse passes away leaving her "none to well off" Arabella is on her own now without a spouse and without Jude.
After Sue has left Jude to go back and remarry the schoolmaster, Jude decides, after his attempts of getting back together with Sue have failed, that he shall once ...

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