What associations would "Jude the Obscure" have had for Hardy's audience? To which aspects of the book does it draw attention?
In this study I will set aside consideration of the second, third and seventh quotation since I will deal with these when we come to consider the work of the beloved in a subsequent study. We saw in our first study that what Peter had warned about had sadly come to pass by the time that Jude pens his words: How does the name of their landing place function as this warning?
The place where Israel came ashore and where the great expression of their belief in the Lord was confessed was Baal-zephon.
That this was where they landed is seen from the fact that Baal-zephon was on the opposite side of the Red sea from where they had encamped between Migdol and the sea Ex How do we know Baal-zephon plays upon this meaning?
And this landing place sets out the same warning to the sons of Israel as Peter had done to the believers in his second letter. The land the sons of Israel had entered was a place where Baal was worshipped and which lay in wait to seduce them to fall away from their redeemer.
The sad incident of lasciviousness associated with the worship of Baal-peor, forty years later Num 25is testimony to this fact.
Likewise, the ungodly, who were masquerading in the ecclesia in the last time of which Jude writes, were reserved to the blackness of darkness which they had themselves taught: My dear reader, the exhortation to us is that we should not be deceived. These false teachers do not present themselves as Baal, but when they masquerade in the ecclesia and present themselves as the beloved, Baal is exactly what they are.
The grace of God is not a license to sin so that grace might abound. Yes, we are saved by grace through faith but that does not make our behaviour irrelevant as is seen from the next old testament quotation we shall consider.
As Hosea declares it: The names of Baalim Baal features yet again in the old testament context of this quotation from Hosea The first verse of the chapter introduces him and the consequence of his appearance is death: Several times in this part of his prophecy, through an association with this worship of Baal, the prophet describes what happens when the grace of God is turned into lasciviousness by his people, Ephraim.
The first instance to consider is in Hosea Here is an exact description of those who believe they can sin that grace may abound, those who turn the grace of God into lasciviousness. This is, however, a delusional perspective about themselves entirely from themselves.
But such is the deceitfulness of sin that Ephraim refuses to see this true description.The fury aroused by Jude the Obscure was the fury of outraged optimism, not of outraged prudery; the book suggested that life was an unpleasant experience for all but a privileged or insensitive few and an incoherent experience for all (37).
[He notes that Hardy was criticized for . Jude the Obscure Quotes (showing of ) “People go on marrying because they can't resist natural forces, although many of them may know perfectly well that they are possibly buying a month's pleasure with a life's discomfort.”. Jude truly believes that fate will fling down punishments for him loving his cousin while technically still married to another woman, even though that other woman left the country and married another dude and is a total witch (and not the cool Hermione Granger kind of witch).
Jude the Obscure Questions and Answers. The Question and Answer section for Jude the Obscure is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel. Jude the Obscure is a novel by Thomas Hardy, which began as a magazine serial in December and was first published in book form in It is Hardy's last completed novel.
Its protagonist, Jude Fawley, is a working-class young man, a stonemason, who dreams of becoming a scholar. The other main character is his cousin, Sue Bridehead, who is also his central love interest. The novel is concerned in . Whether grown as a large arching shrub or as a climber, English Rose 'Jude the Obscure' (Ausjo) is one of the most magnificent sights with its superb, pale yellow and soft apricot, large chalice-shaped blossoms counting up to 70 petals!