|El Hadji Cheikh KANDJI, The Mind-Body Warfare in Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure (1895)|
The Mind-Body Warfare in Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure (1895)
El Hadji Cheikh KANDJI
Cheikh Anta DIOP University
Abstract: Through a psycho-sociological approach, this paper explores the mind-body warfare in Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure (1895). It shows how an ambitious country boy’s long-standing dreams of self-achievement and academic life in the city are later thwarted by his unexpected encounter with a charming girl from his own village. His impulses, affections and vices take precedence over his scholarly yearnings and make him an easy prey of flesh. Responding to the call of the body, he forgets about his ambition and marries that village girl, but only to repent later. The second chance he is given to fulfill his dream of a successful academic life in the city after the failure of his marriage does not turn out well either. His encounter with an unknown cousin of his in the city drifts him away from his ambition too. Hardy’s hero proves to be a victim of fate triggered by his own action, personality and social determinism.