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    The Mayor of Casterbridge

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    subtitled The Life and Death of a Man of Character, was written by Thomas Hardy. The book’s main focus is “the spiritual and material career of Micheal Henchard, whose governing inclinations are tragically at war with each other” (Penguin Classics, Blurb). Henchard, in a fit of drunkenness, has decided to sell his wife and daughter at a fair. Afterwards, Henchard becomes a wealthy man and the mayor of the town Casterbridge. His wife and child seek him out years later. In the end, it is neither his supposed

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    Mayor Of Casterbridge Chapter 2 Henchard made his way into the town of Casterbridge, penniless, depressed, and entirely ignorant of what he might do to sustain himself. He didn't much care for himself now, knowing the deed he had done. It was out of season for hay-trussing, and he had not been able to find work at that task even when it was at the height of its demand. He was faced with finding another occupation. But what can a man who has no skills other than hay trussing do? He walked down the

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    progress. The contrasts between Henchard, a man relying on the traditional way of life and Farfrae, a man intrigued by modern ideas, illustrate the inevitability that progress and modernization will overcome tradition. The conflict of tradition versus modernization is shown through Henchard and Farfrae's contrasting approaches to business, their contrasting attitudes toward modernization and their changing roles in Casterbridge society. The contrast between Henchard and Farfrae's business attitudes

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    of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy explores the personality of a man, Michael Henchard, who hands his family off to a stranger, Richard Newsom, for a mere five guineas. Oblivious to the consequences of such an act, Michael Henchard, intoxicated, lets go of his wife, Susan, and daughter, Elizabeth-Jane, who remain silent and unsure of what lies ahead. Just beginning his struggle in accepting standards of society, Michael Henchard realizes the disastrous effects of alcohol and promises to never drink again

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    village of Weydon-Priors. Michael Henchard, a young hay-trusser looking for work, enters the village with his wife and infant daughter. What follows next, is certainly a little out of the ordinary, and this book provides and interesting plot, that is sure to brighten up any boring day. Michael Henchard, looking for something to drink, enters into a tent where an old woman is selling furmity, a liquid pudding made of boiled wheat, eggs, sugar, and spices. Henchard consumes too many bowls of furmity

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    reconciliation is a consistent theme. During the Victorian era, Michael Henchard, a common hat trusser, becomes Mayor of the town of Casterbridge, Wessex. However, his position does not prevent him from making a series of mistakes that ultimately lead to his downfall. Henchard’s daughter, Elizabeth Jane Newson, is affected by her father’s choices and is not spared any disappointing consequences. In the novel, the characters of Henchard and Elizabeth Jane both experience the pain of rejection in its different

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    Is Henchard a sympathetic character? Should we pity him at the end of the novel, or does he get what he deserves? “The Mayor of Casterbridge” – The title refers to the main character in the book, Michael Henchard, who is the key figure in the novel. The whole story rotates around his life, and how he and the other characters change. Many criticise Thomas Hardy for this book due to the unlikely coincidences that occur many times through the book. The book takes place in rural England, in

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    their settings. The Mayor of Casterbridge opens with a drunken Michael Henchard selling his wife and child to a sailor. The next day he rises feeling remorse for his actions, he seeks them, yet they are gone. Henchard eventually winds up in the simple town of Casterbridge. Here he seeks to create a sense of justice for the “tragic error which is the result of [his] moral weakness” (Gibson 97). Eighteen years pass and Henchard has cycled to the top of his wheel of fortune, his is a successful businessm

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    The novel begins with Henchard traveling with his wife and baby daughter across the countryside in hopes of finding Henchard work as a hay trusser. When darkness begins to threaten the day’s travel, the family decides to stop and rest at a local furmity tent of the village they happen to be passing through. However, many customers do not seem to be resting but instead enjoying spiked meals quietly provided by the tent’s owner. Henchard, a man fond of drinking, gives into the temptation and enjoys

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    Quite frequently the theme is reiterated by the conscientiousness of Hardy’s choice in stylistic techniques. The most prominent of depictions are through the dialogue of the novel’s main character, Michael Henchard. Subconscious speaking habits are discernible through the stylistic techniques of Hardy and through these subconscious speaking habits, the unchanged aspects of Henchard’s character become apparent. “Well, one autumn when stopping there I fell quite ill, and in my illness, I sank into

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