Morality in Hardy’s novels: Tess of the d’urbervilles and Jude the Obscure
Thomas Hardy occupies a prominent place in the realm of English literature. His works especially fiction signifies his rooted convictions like his belief in destiny, chance and in morality. Hardy not only represented morality in his fiction but also offered its various forms. Hardy’s second wife Mrs. Florence Emily Hardy says that hardy lost his faith in Christianity by the age of 27. He considered the so called morality as the very cause of man’s suffering which he termed as positive evil. Thomas Hardy’s Novels Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure chiefly represent the morality of the time. Victorian period which is known for not only much growth of science but also for many compromises. Hardy’s impression about life and morality seem to be the fundamental problems of mankind. And all his novels can be read as pointers to this problem. Hardy pleads, like the postmodernists, to employ more than one hermeneutic approach to decipher the meaning and purpose of life. It isn’t wrong to say Hardy has tried to be moralist in his novels. He has been a true preacher in giving guidance and directness to society to behave well and to be morally correct.