Essay on The Mayor Of Casterbridge By Thomas Hardy

799 Words Feb 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
Throughout Thomas Hardy’s plot driven novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge, the true personalities of the characters shine forth based upon their responses to the obstacles that they face or the repercussions of their actions. Some of the characters such as Elizabeth Jane and Donald Farfrae stay true to their own morals and beliefs as a way to demonstrate their altruism. However, other characters such as Lucetta and Henchard stay consistent in their own lies in the hope of personal advancement, which only leads to destruction. Ultimately, the decisions and actions of Michael Henchard, Lucetta Le Sueur, Donald Farfrae, and Elizabeth Jane all demonstrate a lack of character development which either assists or hinders the justice and moral order of their fates.
Both Michael Henchard and Lucetta are characters whose self-absorbed qualities overpower their ability to repent of their past mistakes and lead to fate’s destruction of their lives. Despite Henchard’s attempts to move past his previous faults by refraining from drinking alcohol for twenty-one years after selling his wife Susan and child Elizabeth Jane, by remarrying Susan after she returns to Casterbridge, and by pursuing Lucetta after Susan’s death to conceal their scandal, he never fully releases his grip on his pride and jealousy. For example, when faced with an opportunity to make amends with Elizabeth Jane and to reveal to her her true identity once he reads Susan’s letter, he cannot bring himself to tell Elizabeth…

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