Why does Henchard become embittered by Farfrae? There were moments reading this book I felt so much under the sway of the author's power that I could observe him wirte himself into one tight plot corner and I give it five stars because it seems nearly a perfect example of its type of craft. Henchard feels guilty about having messed up her reputation even though he still swears they never slept together so he's all for marrying her. We are suitably skeptical,doubtful of him and protective of her. While the female characters dominate in other novels of Hardy, in The Mayor of Casterbridge the dominant role is played by a male character, Henchard. Henchard marries Susan, whereupon Elizabeth becomes his step-daughter in her own eyes. Thomas Hardy creates a masterpiece in describing the rise and fall of one Michael Henchard.
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. Hardy's portrait of Henchard — depressive, black-tempered, self-destructive but also lovable as a child is lovable — she considered one of his strongest achievements. He was early because he had taken the day off work to get some hair to cover the oval and round shape, black mole that has grown on his forehead. Elizabeth-Jane and Farfrae are married, and her father dances joyfully at their wedding. There, Henchard gets some rum mixed up in furmity, and drinking it gets intoxicated.
While he is drunk, he begins an argument with his wife. Susan agrees, they follow the plan, and Susan and Elizabeth-Jane are soon living in the Mayor's house. Farfrae buys Henchard's old business and tries to help Henchard by employing him as a. It is compared to the 'scummy green swimming pool' which represents India. She dismisses her history with Henchard and the promises that she made to him in order to pursue Farfrae, a decision for which she pays with her reputation and, eventually, her life. Things come to such a pass that Henchard is reduced to a state of bankruptcy, and has to work as an ordinary labourer in Farfrae's establishment.
Men do make stupid decisions while they are drunk and then regret them their whole life. The Mayor of CasterBridge Summary: This story is about a man who gets drunk one day and makes some stupid decisions. None of this is conveyed in the film - everything looks like a set. She meets Henchard who expresses his regret over having done the great wrong to her, and apologizes to her. The discovery that Elizabeth-Jane is really Newson's daughter, chills the warmth of Henchard's affection for her Elizabeth-Jane realizes the cooling down of his affection, and begins to work in the household of Lucetta Templeman as her companion.
Much of these unfortunate destinies could have been prevented if only the characters weren't so stupid and didn't make so many irrational and unbelievable decisions. But then Lucetta meets Farfrae. Instead I suppose it is not the tragedy of a stupid action but the tragedy of a more generally stupid hubris of the man who believes he can do what he wants and get away with it including sel Perhaps I've been spoilt growing up by too many political sex scandals sinking careers in waves of laughter so I always felt that sale of the titular character's wife in order to buy Fermenty and even more the revelation of this secret later in the novel should have much more power and impact than they do. Gaskeil makes us know and love. While it is certainly not the worst way to spend one's time, much greater satisfaction can be had by reading the book. Elizabeth-Jane accepts Henchard as her father, but his moment of joy is completely disturbed by his awareness of the truth, which he does not share with her.
He never had an intention of writing novels but somehow he came into this field. . The whole is thoroughly thought out and finely composed. The Mayor of Casterbridge is a tragedy, in the tradition of the Greek tragedies and the plays Othello and. This was my first Hardy novel, reading it last July. The Mayor of Casterbridge has it all - love, hate, greed, jealousy, deceit and repentence.
The novel is adopted into multiple films and plays. Since this review is stressfully scattershot, I might as well conclude with this track from Nick Cave: sums up the fate of the poor Mayor perfectly, as well as being amazing in its own right: This is the story of the rise and fall of Michael Henchard, a hot-tempered, proud and irascible hay-trusser who in a drunken haze, sells his wife and baby girl to a sailor at a fair, for five guineas. Before leaving, Susan hurls her wedding-ring at Michael. Certainly Michael Henchard does not fit neatly into such categories. Hardy paints vivid pictures with words, bringing both characters This is the story of Michael Henchard, who sells his wife and infant daughter for five guineas while drunk at a local fair. Susan and Newson have a daughter together; whom Susan also names Elizabeth-Jane.
Henchard takes a liking to the man, persuades him not to emigrate, and hires him as his corn , rudely turning away a man named Jopp to whom he had already offered the job. Susan meets with Henchard and reveals her identity to him, but she doesn't tell him that his daughter is dead and that Elizabeth-Jane is actually Newson's daughter. Then about 18 years later, the wife and child show up, the sailor having died a sea. Henchard convinces him to stay in Casterbridge and become Henchard's manager. During the period of his separation from Susan, he reveals to Farfrae the secret of his having sold his wife and had an affair with Lucetta Le Sueur whom he has now jilted after the arrival of Susan on the scene. Meanwhile, Susan and Newson, living as husband and wife, move to Canada, where Elizabeth-Jane dies.