22 October, 2021

LitStaff Pick: Characters Who Didn't Get What They Deserved

Jude Fawley
Jude the Obscure

Although it would be depriving melodrama of one its great injustices, one can’t help but wish that Jude Fawley of Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure had at least one thing in his short tragic life go right. Whether it would have been the love of his cousin, Sue Bridehead, or some recognition of his considerable talents as a scholar, Jude deserved a better fate than dying, unmourned as his wife, Arabella, entertained the affections of another man.

-Rob Vollmar

3 thoughts on “LitStaff Pick: Characters Who Didn't Get What They Deserved

  1. Jason, good essay, but Moby's a sperm whale, not a killer whale, and if anyone's a bastard, it's that cold soul Ahab. (It's not for nothin' that I bought a Moby Dick sweatshirt to celebrate the whale.) I beg you to reconsider.

  2. Entertaining. I assumed the anti-whale bit about Moby Dick was meant to be parodic. My nomination for character who doesn't get what she deserves (by which I mean I think she's treated quite unfairly by the author/narrative): Mary Bennet in "Pride and Prejudice." The nerdy sister who doesn't have the other sisters' wit or beauty or social acumen, she's openly ridiculed by her family & ends up single & having to care for her tiresome & mismatched parents as they age. Every time I read the book, I pity this character.

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