The Evils of Bad Marriage and Free Love in Jude the Obscure

  • Jagdish Chandra Dave
Part of the Macmillan Hardy Studies book series (MHS)


Hardy’s treatment of the ‘marriage, no marriage’ problem in Jude the Obscure was more free and frank than his countrymen could tolerate at the time. It was therefore received with an instant outcry of outraged modesty. R.T. Tyrrell was merely voicing the popular sentiment when he wrote that ‘the book is steeped in sex’, and that the main theme in it is ‘an elaborate indictment of marriage as being necessarily the death of pure passion and even of healthy sexual desire’.1


Moral Courage Ordinary Notion Happy Marriage Sexual Passion Passionate Attention 
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