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Jude the Obscure and A Kind of LovingDreams and realities are both part of life in both different and similar ways Dreams are what you want whereas reality is what you have Many dreams can become reality In the case of these two books Jude the Obscure and A Kind of Loving dreams and reality overlap and conflict with each other to result in unhappiness in the case of Vic and Ingrid and Jude and Arabella but also happiness and fulfilment like Jude and Sue Jude Fawley lives a life of poverty in the village of Marygreen as a stone-mason but as a young boy he is effected by his schoolmaster Mr Phillotson who leaves the village to find a better life as a university student in Christminster Oxford This provokes Jude to strive for more his dream However due to circumstances Judes dream is put aside when he marrys Arabella a loveless marriage Soon this ends and Jude is free and travels to Christminster where he meets Sue his cousin who also has dreamsVic Brown lives in Cressley His life it seems resolves around Ingrid Rothwell a pretty girl but not entirely Vics idea of his ideal match for life Throughout the book Vic refers or visits hid sister Chris who we perceive as his ideal woman Each has his own dream Judes is to become educated at Christminster Oxford and to win the heart of his cousin Sue Judes dream of Oxford although Jude himself is Scholar material has not the finance or the background University was for the privileged which unfortunately did not include Jude Fawley Vics dream is to be with his ideal woman and live a happy and peaceful life He sees this woman as Ingrid Rothwell However their realities are somewhat differentJude as a nineteen-year-old becomes trapped in a loveless marriage to ArabellaBut of course If that is the case we must marry Page 65Jude the Obscure was
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