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Marjorie Garson

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198122234

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122234.001.0001

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Jude the Obscure:

Jude the Obscure:

What Does a Man Want?

(p.152) 6 Jude the Obscure:
Hardy's Fables of Integrity

Marjorie Garson

Oxford University Press

Jude is recognized through how his inner life is constituted with the rhythm of repulsion, desire, and renunciation. Jude is known for his wants, and his wants are consequently perceived in terms of their in/ability to satisfy his wants. Jude is composed in lack as he was initially defined as a ‘hungry soul in pursuit of a full soul’. As the character's emptiness is shown not only in the part-titles but also in the action of the novel, this wanting provides the basis for the novel's characters, emotional tone, and plot. One of the fundamental features of this model is the tone of ‘logocentric wistfulness’. This chapter shows how Hardy had presented Jude as a Christ-figure since the language and imagery of the novel is based on the Bible.

Keywords:   wanting, logocentric wistfulness, Jude the Obscure, Bible, emptiness, plot, action

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