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Sue of Jude the Obscure.

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Sue of Jude the Obscure In the film version of Jude Obscure, a book written Thomas Hardy, the character of Sue Bridehead has many issues in her life that stem from the idealistic persona that she tries to develop. These problems can be seen through Sue's relationship with Jude, her reaction to the deaths of her children, and her ultimate reconciliation to the Christian beliefs that she had once shunned for their conventionality. Sue Bridehead is a very headstrong person and attempts to reflect the character of a person that possesses deep social convictions. Sue is opposed to marriage ceremonies because she feels there is a lack of necessity. If two people love each other she does not advocate the need for a ceremony. All of her beliefs stem from her disregard for Christianity. She does not like organized religion and the effect that Christianity has on the society in which she lives. She believes that individuals should be able to pursue their desires which Christianity by its doctrines does not allow to take place. ...read more.


One of the most difficult hardships that Sues faces is the lost of her children. Sue and Jude were irresponsible parents to their children and she did not cause their deaths but she could have prevented them. Sue and Jude after taking in Jude's son Jewy, the son of Jude's ex-wife Arabella had two children of their own. The family is constantly relocated because they are shunned by society because of their social status. The family eventually returns to Christminster so that Jude can find work. The family seek shelter at an inn where the owner asks Sue of her marital status and she tells the woman that she is unmarried by society's standards. The woman then informs her husband of the situation and he orders that they leave their home the next morning. Jewy hears the news and is very hurt because and inquires from his mother what he might do in order to help the situation. ...read more.


She then returns to Mr. Phillotson and leaves Jude to return to his ex-wife Arabella. In the end it becomes apparent that Sue Bridehead lives her life according to rhetoric instead of convictions. Her ideals that she devotes her life to not only ruins her life but that of her entire family. The problem with Sue is that her ideals were not strong enough based for her to constantly defend them. After all the pain that they cause and after she defends them until she has nothing left she abandons them in order to make herself feel better. Sue fails in life because she never really sought to have convictions to have them but to project this unconventional character that would be a rebel in her society. But the ideals that she establishes to do so are not ones that she happens to believe in. She cannot figure this out because she does not know the person that she truly is and therefore she has no real identity and left free to adopt whatever convictions she chooses and then molds herself to fit them. ...read more.

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