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Jude the Obscure
Jude the Obscure
by Thomas Hardy

Jude the Obscure Themes

Little Words, Big Ideas

Religion

Religion plays a major role in Jude's life when he is young. While his first dreams are of going to Christminster to be a classical scholar, he eventually thinks of going there to pursue religious...

Isolation

Look, we all feel a little lonely sometimes, right? If people didn't feel lonely, the world would be left without some of the greatest books, movies, and plays ever written. However, there are time...

Love

All you need is love…and for society to stay off your back…and for your ex-wife not to drop a super morose kid in your lap. Okay, so Jude and Sue can't survive on love alone, but their love sto...

Marriage

In a way, this book is staging a whole debate on the institution of marriage. Hardy does not necessarily suggest that marriage is automatically bad, he just makes it clear that he believes people s...

Gender

Hardy breaks a ton of barriers, people. While Sue Bridehead might not be the ideal poster child for the feminist movement, with her indecisiveness and her change of heart at the end of the novel, s...

Dreams, Hopes, and Plans

You know that one idea for the future that you keep thinking over, that one thing that always seems to run through your mind—that one goal you really just want to reach? Maybe it's getting into a...

Education

Jude teaches himself the classics, Latin, Greek, and much more in the hopes that he will one day be able to further his education in the proper setting: at college. It's not too hard to envision th...

Society and Class

The words "class warfare" get thrown around a lot these days. There is a feeling among many Americans that the wealthy run the show and have rigged the game against those who are not wealthy, so th...

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