Role of Fate in The Mayor of Casterbridge - cheshnotes
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Even more attention has to be paid when it comes to a first description of Michael Henchard and his character. Henchard is described carefully in the opening paragraphs in order to have a strong picture of him in mind and to have a detailed look at him as he enters the novel. However, the main reason for Hardy to do so is that he wants the reader to pay attention to details.
Even small details matter if one wants to understand the novel and its characters, in particular Henchard and Farfrae, completely.
Role of Fate in The Mayor of Casterbridge
Therefore a summary of the plot will not do and it is not enough to comprehend what is happening and why the characters act the way they do. Hardy wants us, the reader of his novel, to be more than casual observers. Another reason why the opening paragraph is of significant importance is the fact that most good novels will tell how to read them in the opening paragraphs.
And the Mayor of Casterbridge certainly does belong to these kind of novels. Due to this, we have to pay attention to small details in the novel in order to get things right and not to misjudge someone. In the opening paragraph, Michael Henchard and his wife Susan are approaching the village Weydon-Priors with their child Elizabeth-Jane on foot. The family looks like they are poor. However, they are plainly dressed, not badly dressed.
The reason why their clothes look bad is not due to the fact that they are shabby or broken. Their clothes look bad simply because they are full of dust. For this reason, Henchard and his wife look worse than they usually do at that moment. Therefore the two of them are at a disadvantageous situation now.
Right after, Hardy not only tells us what Henchard does for a living, but he starts to look and to describe him carefully.
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At least the first impression we get of Henchard is not a very pleasant one. The opening scene continues by telling us more of the relationship between Henchard and his wife Susan and thus allows us to get a clearer picture of the two of them and their characters.
Even though the couple is walking next to each other, neither Michael nor Susan utters a word.
As they are walking in total absence of conversation, Henchard is reading- or at least he is pretending to be reading. He is not paying any attention to his wife or his child at all. His wife on the other hand is the one who makes them walk together, even though she is not happy at all with the situation and does not feel comfortable. However, Susan does not touch Henchard, for example by taking his arm while walking, for he might would not like it. It seems like she does not want to make things difficult for her husband, maybe she can be considered to be a weak woman.
The situation and the relationship is not like this just now, but rather all the time: Henchard and Susan are always quarrelling. Even their attitude towards the landscape is negative. They see nothing pretty in it and it is always the same, just like their relationship. This is true in the case of Michael Henchard and Donald Farfrae. The hand of fate pulls Henchard out of the pit he has been lying in since he abandoned his wife and daughter.
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It rewards him and makes him the Mayor and a wealthy person. He laments and decides to mend his mistake. He decides to get married to his ex-wife Susan once again.
She must not have forgotten how Henchard had treated her and her child at the fair. Still, Susan pardons him for he can give her and her daughter a better life. Had not Henchard been such a boor and drunkard, he would not have sold his wife and daughter off to another man. He pledges not to drink again after he has incurred the loss. Many things might have been different had Henchard been in control of his temper and his glass at the fair. However, they happened because they were bound to happen.
If Henchard was not as poor, he might not have been as frustrated that night and not committed the vice he did. He also lacks foresight and therefore Donald Farfrae proves to be a tough competitor to whom he loses everything. Hardy shows that there are forces like fate or chance that affect us at every turn of life.