Portrayal of Men and Literature in Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge
Keywords:Character, passions, ambition, fate, preacher.
The Mayor of Casterbridge: The Life and death of a man of character is a novel published by the English author Thomas Hardy in 1886. Many of his novels concern tragic characters struggling against their passions and social circumstances, and they are often set in the semi-fictional region of Wessex, initially based on the medieval Anglo-Saxon kingdom. Hardy’s art of plot construction in his novel is unique. There is an architectural quality in his plots. He builds his story as he would build a house. Unity of effect is an eminent quality of his art. So far the plot construction of The Mayor of Casterbridge is concerned, Hardy is seen as a superb master. This novel is largely the biography of one individual, i.e., Michael Henchard. This novel focuses on the development of a man’s character namely Michael Henchard. The logic of cause and effect has been followed in spite of the fact that there is a role of chance. The plot of the novel is a close knit. The element of suspense and surprise is the unique quality of the plots of Hardy. They grow out of the elementary passions; ambition, greed, love, jealousy, the thirst for knowledge and the springs which move them are psychological. In Hardy, creative power dominated critical power. In the Mayor of Casterbridge, he played the role of a moral preacher, delivering learned lectures on the bitterness of fate; cruelty of social institutions and weakness of human character. Hardy attained great heights of success as a creative artist.
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