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    underlying the sorriest.'; Thomas Hardy said this upon completion of the novel The Mayor of Casterbridge. Thomas Henchard, the main character in his novel, becomes the example to illustrate this idea. Henchard is at one point the most powerful person in a small town called Casterbridge. He is the wealthiest person and commands the most respect, but Hardy shows some terrible characteristics of Henchard. Because of Henchard's pride and ego, he loses his fame and fortune and becomes a part of the lowest working

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    Slight in build The reader shares Elizabeth-Jane's thoughts and wants to know more about this intriguing new arrival. Having seen Donald Farfrae for only a few moments, Elizabeth-Jane seems to be instantly attracted. Donald goes on to help Henchard with his corn problems and the reader's curiosity builds again as this stranger seems to have remarkable talents. At this early point in the novel, the reader's opinion of Farfrae is one of intrigue and admiration. Donald Farfrae captures the

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    The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy Thomas Hardy wrote the novel 'The Mayor of Casterbridge' in 1886. Two of the main characters, Donald Farfrae and Michael Henchard have a contrast in luck and Hardy uses characterisation, language, historical and social background and a craft in the structure of his novel to help bring across this point. During this essay I am going to comment upon how Hardy does this and further consider the view that, Farfrae's good fortune is a result of Henchard's

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    referred to as The Mayor of Casterbridge -Michael Henchard who has all the elements of a traditional tragic hero. In Hardy’s novel - The Mayor of Casterbridge, Henchard is undoubtedly the tragic hero whose undoing can be owed to his own character flaw – his impulsiveness and rash choler; however his the way his life is reduced to rubble can also be credited to circumstances as well as the malicious forces of Nature and Fate. As mentioned Henchard is the tragic hero of the novel and his character

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    Character Is Destiny

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    Indeed, Henchard is a victim of his own delusions. He has falsely believed and is being psychotically driven to accept a misconception about who he truly is. Constituting to his life's outcome was because of his daunting past that was caused by his own foolishness in his moment of weakness. Should that incident of being drunk did not happen in the first place, we could fairly make an assumption that he will not end up where he is at the end of the story. Essentially, Henchard is very much

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    countryside, the detailed accounts of the daily goings in Casterbridge, even the dialects of the natives. By doing so, Hardy made us feel that ¡°we¡± ----the readers, are living in Casterbridge, we¡¯re undergoing all the events with the tragic hero ---Henchard. I think the settings here act as the symbolic reflections of impressions and get readers more involved in the novel. For instance, in the first few chapters, Hardy goes out of his way to describe the very atmosphere of Casterbridge, its Roman

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    people. According to archetypal literary critics, “archetypes determine the form and function of literary works and … a text's meaning is shaped by cultural and psychological myths.” For that reason, Henchard is a perfect example of the archetypal fall because Thomas Hardy is demonstrating how Henchard reacts to situations like a real person would and that life is not always as simple as it is depicted in fictional fairytales. The archetype of Michael’s fall functions as Hardy’s vehicle to relay the

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    devices such as Pathetic fallacy to bring out the emotions of his characters. In many ways this is a tragedy, with Michael Henchard as our 'Macbeth', but also flawed by fate and disasters beyond his control. As with many other tragedies, the reader is made to feel sympathetic for the protagonist, but in the end, Henchard, of course, dies. Henchard Michael Henchard is the first character that we meet in the Mayor of Casterbridge. We see him to be a rash, volatile young man with a dangerous

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    The main two characters, Michael Henchard and Elizabeth-Jane Newson are the two main ones that really go through more conflicts than the other characters. There are a couple of examples that are going to be given to point out this theme. As the story goes on they go and tell about Henchard and his facing with dissatisfaction. The book states, “I’ll do anything, if you will only look upon me as your father”(121). Henchard is trying to make Elizabeth-Jane understand that she is

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    equation, who, it must be said, is just as guilty of this act as Henchard. I believe that Henchard is totally blameless for his downfall, to use a bad pun that will become apparent later, it is in his nature. It is my belief that Henchard is a personification of nature. It is obvious that his life has completed a revolution but when you look closely, you can see that Henchard's life resembles the seasons. Our first image of Henchard is one of winter, his clothing is described as '…a short jacket

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