Jude the Obscure | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Mary Ann Kelly

This literature criticism consists of approximately 8 pages of analysis & critique of Jude the Obscure.
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Critical Essay by Mary Ann Kelly

SOURCE: "Individuation and Consummation in Hardy's Jude the Obscure: The Lure of the Void," in The Victorian Newsletter, No. 82, Fall, 1992, pp. 62-64.

In the following essay, Kelly studies Jude's existential separation from society and his desire for "a sense of belonging and integration."

"He could not realize himself."
(Jude the Obscure 60)

The peripatetic motif in Jude the Obscure, Hardy's final novel, is obvious to any reader confronted with Jude's wanderings in Hardy's six Parts: from Mary green to Christminster; from Melchester to Shaston; from Aldbrickham and "Elsewhere"—back to Christminster again, where Jude chooses finally to die, to become unreal. The fact of Jude's rootlessness clearly enhances his isolation from community, his obscurity (read worthlessness) in society&#x...

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