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Romanticism in Jude the Obscure In the novel Jude the Obscure Hardy shows the reader that the Romantic characteristics and ideals of the characters Jude and Sue are detrimental to them in their anti-Romantic world Their romantic ideals are so inherent in their personality and so antithetical to their society that they are better off dead than living in their world In his novel Hardy shows the opposition between Romanticism associated with tradition and a golden age and Darwinism representative of modernization and progress Davis Hardys characters repeatedly feel the ache of modernism Rogers Judes character is Romantic rather than Darwinian which is why he cannot survive in this age He is sensitive to nature which is not acceptable in Darwinian society he was a boy who could not himself bear to hurt anything He could scarcely bare to see trees cut down or lopped from a fancy that it hurt them and late pruning when the sap was up and the tree bled profusely had been a positive grief to him in his infancy Hardy 17 As a boy Jude is very aware of lifes inequities Hassett 432 From the very beginning of the novel Hardy shows us not only that Jude has a strong imagination but also that there is a disparity between his imaginative world and the real world Davis In Judes ideal world there would be enough food on the farm for the little birdies and for Farmer Troutham Early in his life he realizes that there is a flaw in the terrestrial scheme Hardy 16 Jude finds that things do not rhyme as they should That mercy towards one set of creatures was cruelty towards another sickened his sense of harmony Hardy 18 The consequence of this realization is a rejection of the familiar world in favor of an ideal imaginative one Hassett 433 Hardy prophesies early in the
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