Chapter

The Mayor of Casterbridge:

Marjorie Garson

in Hardy's Fables of Integrity

Published in print August 1991 | ISBN: 9780198122234
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191671371 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122234.003.0005
The Mayor of Casterbridge:

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Although it is commonly perceived that The Mayor of Casterbridge is Hardy's most shapely and controlled novel, this notion is still dependent on how the reader recognizes both Shakespearian and classical tragedy conventions in the novel. In the narrative, Henchard's fall can be attributed to a fatal flaw which is also regarded as the source of his greatness. The plot presents a structure of reasonable coincidences. It is suggested that ‘Character is Fate’, and this proves to be useful for examination questions. The minor or the choric characters, as well as the female characters, become significant only in instances of transition to the main narrative. The focus of the plot remains the contrast of how Farfrae gains what Henchard loses.

Keywords: The Mayor of Casterbridge; choric; female characters; Henchard; Farfrae; classical tragedy; Shakespearian tragedy

Chapter.  14278 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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