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Author Melissa Barrett
Title Symbols of Desire and Entrapment: Decoding Hardy's Architectural Metaphor in Jude the Obscure
Department English
Advisor Robin Inboden
Year 2005
Honors University Honors
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Abstract In Jude the Obscure, Hardy couples the use of architecture with more overt indicators to voice his message. Hardy's metaphors of landscape, skylines, and even open spaces comprise such a craftily calculated critique that he proves his mastery as both author and architect. From the Christminster colleges to Farmer Trouthham's field, Hardy relies on varying environments to make a thorough commentary. This paper will argue that the creators of those buildings, the architects, are the novel's true antagonists.

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