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Hardys Use of Jude and Sue in Jude the ObscureIn 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 Hardys intentions in doing this are to arouse the readers sympathy for the characters and to join in their ridicule of the codes of conduct they are breaking The trial of Jude and Sue evoke a sympathetic response from the reader because the couple reflects the values which are prevalent in modern society They suffer persecution for yielding to emotions which are no longer considered unacceptable or forbidden as they were then This portrays Victorian society as being cruel and unnatural thus creating affection for the characters Hardy understood the tendency for society to swing like a pendulum from one extreme to the other He knew that the Victorian era would not last indefinitely and that future generations would become more liberated This is beautifully illustrated in this reflection of Sues When people of a later age look back upon the barbarous customs and superstitions of the times that we have the unhappiness to live in what will they think p276 According to modern values it is wrong to condemn people for following their pure and natural instincts though they have wronged no man condemned no man defrauded no man p378 Therefore by predicting these shifts and exposing the injustice of Victorian society Hardy evokes sympathy in the reader for Sue and Jude Hardy also uses the two characters to reveal that he finds the society in which they live ridiculous He joins Sue and Jude as they laugh at the artificial system of things under which the normal sex-impulses are turned into devilish domestic gins and springes to noose and hold back those who want to progress p279 In rare times of Greek joyousness p366 Jude and Sue
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