He has a sense of justice, or at least he develops one. I'll love where I choose. The Mayor of Casterbridge: the Life and Death of a Man of Character. Superstitions and Spirituality One of the characteristics that make Henchard unique is his reliance on superstition. But what an entertaining story this is! Donald Farfrae, from Scotland, with a vague dream of going to America, to pursue his fortune there, but after a protracted , difficult negotiation, on the road out of town, Henchard, persuades Farfrae to stay, he runs the business better than the owner. In the beginning, the reader is awed by his raw strength.
His pride is noteworthy, but often it grows into hideous egoism. This is what Henchard says about Farfrae after they became foes. Martin's Barbershop at the corner of Kentucky Street, waited to be served. The consequences of attempting to escape your past, the tragedies of a drunken mistake, the all-too convenient coincidences that define your present and future are heavy struggles for Henchard. His meeting with Farfrae and then his family is all ordained by fate.
Henchard is a complex character who is a deeply human reminder of the dangers of hubris and self-centeredness. Marketing and business management are particularly my favourite areas apart from the latest technologies. Instead of the concentration being on an individual female, the main protagonist is a male who is extremely unlikable many times throughout the novel. But she fears her secret affair with Henchard, if revealed, might destroy her marriage to Farfrae. This moral seems to take the edge off the gloom caused by the tragedy that overtakes various characters in the novel, and to lower the emotional pitch on which the story would have closed otherwise. The novel opens with a detailed description of Michael Henchard and his wife, Susan, as they walk along the road looking for work: The man was of fine figure, swarthy, and stern in aspect; and he showed in profile a facial angle so slightly inclined as to be almost perpendicular.
She has fallen in love with Farfrae and soon marries him. However, most people adored Hardy during his living years. In addition to his ill-tempered character, one serious flaw that Henchard possesses is his impulsive choices that he makes based on his emotions. He, in a drunken state, has committed a moral crime and a religious sin by selling his family and there will thus be no salvation for him throughout life. I may go back and read it again at some point. So, while forces like fate and chance play a role in human life, there are things that are still within human control and humans can shape their own fate by their intelligence and foresight.
He has a very strong and self-destructive character and we will see that, throughout the novel, his temper and impulsiveness will lead to his failure. . Michael has it all, a beautiful , girlfriend, Lucetta Templeman, too, from an impoverished family, on the island of Jersey, he has compromised, but promises will wed, the eager woman, she helped him back to health when the mayor, became dangerously ill there, nurses fall in love with their needy patients regularly. During the era of Victorian literature, Thomas Hardy was a key figure in creating a new era of tragic writings. All this seems to have played a huge part in Henchards downfall.
Feeling trapped by his marriage and under the influence, Henchard threatens to auction his family. Nevertheless, she does not want to disclose the actual nature of their relationship to Elizabeth-Jane, so she tells her daughter only that Henchard is related to them by marriage. The story opens with a man getting drunk and auctioning off his wife and infant daughter to the highest bidder. Henchard was almost speechless because he realized that he would not have been as generous to Farfrae if their positions were reversed 227. Thirdly, tragedies are always a combination of ill fate and flawed character. The reader can infer that Henchard is really desperate for Elizabeth Jane to love him the way she loves Newson.
His relationships with people are overbearing and possessive, and he can stand no rivalry. If Thomas Hardy's Wessex region was a real place the British government would probably have to nuke it as nothing but misery seems to go on there, as recounted in , , and other bleak-fests I am excluding here because I find it quite cheerful by his melancholic standard only a few tissue papers required instead of a whole box of Kleenex. Over the course of the following years, he manages to establish himself as a respected and prosperous pillar of the community of Casterbridge, but behind his success there always lurk the shameful secret of his past and a personality prone to self-destructive pride and temper. This played a huge part in his downfall. Hardy was conscious of the latest scientific theories that were defying previous beliefs and other intellectual ideas. I won't go too much into the plot and the characters' decisions which What a silly novel! McEwan exploits sentence structure to portray Paul Marshall's lack of accomplishment in his life, as he is able to illustrate all his success in a short rehearsed speech. Henchard is a lot taller and stronger than Farfrae, so he fights him with one hand tied behind his back to even things out.
After he is lost at sea Susan, lacking any means of support, decides to seek out Henchard again, taking her daughter with her. Henchard and Susan agree not to tell Elizabeth-Jane that he had sold her and Susan years earlier. It's just a coincidence — Lucetta didn't know he'd met Susan there — but Henchard sees a pattern and assumes it has some kind of deeper importance: Lucetta had unwittingly backed up her entreaty by the strongest argument she could have used outside words, with this man of moods, glooms, and superstitions. Nature - comprising woods, rivers, moors and fields - makes frequent appearance in this as well as other novels, of his, and it is against the background of Nature that the tragic drama of human life is enacted. Although Hardy has depicted the adjoining countryside too, he has presented most of his scenes, characters and events in Casterbridge, with the result that, as Earnest A. After almost twenty years his poor sold wife shows up in town and reconciles with him, all seem to be going well until the fecal matter hits the fan. Henchard relents and sends a package of love letters that she had written to him back to her.
Yet life has frequent complications, the smooth voyage of his career hits a reef, his long suspected dead wife Susan returns, she also hides a deep secret, bringing his daughter Elizabeth-Jane, too. He agrees to re-courting Susan before remarrying her so that Elizabeth may not have any suspicions about their ghostly past. Although he died the loneliest and most forlorn death, I think that he was the crafter of his demise. But, despite obvious flaws in his character, Henchard has the ability to love deeply. The moment and the act he had prefigured for weeks with a thrill of pleasure; yet it was no less than a miserable insipidity to him now that it had come.
Many books start at the end, then go back and tell you how they got there. At the fair, he gets drunk and complains about his unhappy married life, then offers to sell Susan and Elizabeth-Jane to anyone who will buy them from him. And yes, that includes , which frankly drew no sympathy from me at all. In my essay, I¡®ll analyze the function of the symbols and the setting in The Mayor of Casterbridge. Henchard feels conflicted, but he refrains from telling Elizabeth-Jane the truth.