Home

The Mayor of Casterbridge Novel Summary and Analysis


Talking about the theme of The Mayor of Casterbridge it’s all about how choices affect one’s life. Once one commits a sin in his/her life there is no way out to pay for that. Nothing can undo the effect of that. Micheal Henchard the leading character commits the biggest mistake of his Life by selling his wife and daughter in a fair while he was drunk and repent on his shameful act throughout his life. Even after every possible attempt to seek pleasure goes waste.

Summary of the Novel

Michael Henchard, a young, unemployed man sells his wife Susan and his infant daughter Elizabeth Jane to a sailor during a fair in the village of Weydon-Priors. Newson a sailor buys both of them at a cost of few pennies. Newson marries Susan. The little Elizabeth Jane dies due to some unknown cause. Meanwhile God blesses Newson and Susan with a baby girl whom Susan named as Elizabeth Jane. Newson during his trip disappears and is thought to be dead. Susan and Elizabeth Jane return to seek Henchard out but are told by the furmity woman whose concoction had made Henchard drunk at the fair that he has moved to the distant town of Casterbridge.

Susan and Elizabeth Jane reach Casterbridge where they discover that Henchard has become the mayor and one of the wealthiest businessmen in the area. Henchard just to show out his sense of guilt courts Susan in a respectable manner and soon after remarries her hoping that one day be will be able to acknowledge Elizabeth Jane as his daughter. The time Susan return Henchard hires Donald Farfrae a young Scotsman as his business manager. After a short while Susan dies and Henchard learns the reality that his own daughter had died many years earlier and that Elizabeth Jane is really the daughter of Newson the sailor Susan's second husband.

Lucetta Templeman a young woman from Jersey with whom Henchard has had a romantic involvement comes to Casterbridge with the intention of marrying Henchard. She meets Farfrae however and the two are deeply attracted to each other. Henchard disturbed by Farfraes prestige and status in the town has dismissed him and Farfrae sets up his own rival business. Shortly after Farfrae and Lucetta are married.Henchards hard luck continues its journey while Farfraes good luck advances. When Henchards successor as mayor dies suddenly Farfrae becomes mayor. Henchards destruction

 is almost completed when the furmity woman is arrested in Casterbridge and she reveals the secret two decades earlier when Henchard sold his wife. Then by a combination of bad luck and mismanagement Henchard goes bankrupt and is forced to make his living as an employee of Farfraes.

Lucetta now at the height of her fortunes has staked everything on keeping her past relationship with Henchard a secret. Her old love letters to him however find their way into the hands of Henchards ex employee Jopp who reveals them to the worst element in the town. They organize a skimmity-ride in which Henchard and Lucetta are paraded in effigy through the streets. The shock of the scandal kills Lucetta. Now an almost broken man, Henchard moves to the poorest quarters where his life is made tolerable only by the kindness and concern of Elizabeth Jane. Even his comfort in her affection is threatened however when Newson the sailor who mistakenly was reported dead returns in search of his daughter. Henchard lies to Newson that Elizabeth Jane has died. When Elizabeth Jane comes to know this the last source of Henchards comfort turns against him. Farfrae after a period as a widower renews his interest in Elizabeth Jane. They are married and Henchard when he comes to deliver a wedding gift finds Newson enjoying his position as the bride’s father. Heartbroken Henchard leaves and shortly afterwards dies in an abandoned hut. His funeral is attended only by the humblest and simplest of his former workmen. The novel ends when Farfrae and Elizabeth Jane find the place where he has died and read his terrible will of complete renunciation.

My Thoughts

I as a reader think that this is the most appropriate ending of the novel. Also the title itself is really significant as the whole story revolves around the mayor of the Casterbridge Henchard.

Qualities of the Novel

Hardys narrative style is that of the omniscient or ubiquitous narrator. This gives him a point of view that allows him to comment upon the vagaries of nature to place him in the mind of a character in order to give us reasons and motives and to philosophize or describe the background to clarify whatever point he wishes to make. In short Hardy knows all and is everywhere in The Mayor of Casterbridge although we learn only what he wants us to know. When we have finished the novel, our thoughts about it are to some extent what Hardy wants us to think.

This is Hardys most perfectly constructed novel. There are others that are more appealing to me but this one is such a perfect cause and effect every-action has a reaction kind of book that it should really be his most popular and successful instead of Tess which by comparison is a pure melodrama.

05-09-16

img
DNA Printing: How DNA Printing Works and its Usage

We are making so much progress in the field of science today that so much numerous inventions are made that we never get to truly appreciate the progress that we...more

img
Insect Monitoring Drones

Drones are used to aerially observe anything which is happening on the earth. They can be controlled by a person remotely or it can also work on rewritten instructions that are programmed into...more

img
Communication Disruptors: Radio Waves Signal Jammer its Types, Techniques and Backdoors

Technological advances have made possible the concept of remote communication, to be able to communicate with someone who may be a large distance away. Devices like wireless, radios, TVs, Telephones...more

img
Arm wrestling drones

                                        Drones are the new mean modern technology made by mankind which can...more


Spiritual Health and Its Types

Spiritual health refers to the depth meaning of your innermost self. It helps us to understand the sense of where you came from? What you are? What is your fate? The meaning of spiritual health differs with one another. According to some individual, spiritual health is closely related to religion while according to others, spirituality refers to love for nature...more

img
ISSUES IN MOLECULAR COMMUNICATIONS

As the thought behind molecular communication is that you utilize synthetic signs, what I anticipate similarly as the fate of sub-atomic correspondence is worried that as in different frameworks where small scale advances...more

img
Test bed virtualization through Big Data

The formation of large data has extensively delayed the capacity and extent of information. The duty of doling out and analyze this data has develop into crucial, if not possible by DBMS. The...more


Data Storage in Liquid and Water:Harvard University Research

The advancement of technology has paved ways for innovative and creative ideas for liquid data storage, Data storage in water, Information storage ,liquid computer memory and usage of data. One of them is the data storage in water molecules and liquid data storage Before twenty first century this idea was not even thought of but this is actually been implemented...more

img
Present Past and Future(tube transportation) of Railways Transportation

With the passage of time, the means of transportation and traveling has been changed from horse riding to cross distant areas and traveling for months and even years. With a time, new developments...more

img
How Disease Monitoring Drones Works: Its Application, Objectives and Usage

Remote sensing is a process of observing things without physically touching them. Drones are actually a small flying unmanned aircraft also know as unmanned aerial (UAV). It has many purposes...more

img
Power line monitoring drones

Power line monitoring drones designed to monitor the power lines as can be understood by the name.Drones are planes of small size which are remotely controlled by a pilot.Power lines are stretched...more

img
Working of Microscopic Robots and its Usage

The microscopic robots are often said to be nano or micro robots. The field belongs to micro robots is said to be nano or micro robotic engineering. The size of...more

img
3D Physical Web of Things:Future Aspects and its Technical Working

Researchers, designers and developers explore the future of physical web in a community called Web of Things. Web standards have a leverage to make ease of use and integrate in all sorts of...more

img
Present Past and Future(tube transportation) of Railways Transportation

With the passage of time, the means of transportation and traveling has been changed from horse riding to cross distant areas and traveling for months and even years. With a time, new developments...more

img
Remote viewing swarms as Spy Birds

As the time passed by, war style has been changed from man on man fight having swords or arrows to by using internal or external sources to destabilize State affairs or an economy....more

img
How to "Print Super Humans" : Technical Working and Future Aspects

Science technology is progressing very fast. If we take a look few years back, there are a lot of problems in human life. Then science progress rapidly and give us...more

img
Locker Room Drones

Locker room drones are also a type of interview drones as they can be use in locker room drones .The main purpose of drones flying all over the locker rooms is to...more

img
Super DNA Printing

Scientists and researchers believe that super human qualities are much greater than other human beings. Advance Scientific experiments create such extraordinary qualities to the super DNA which we only think....more

img
Types of UAV Drones, Agriculture and Crops Drones

The concept of smart flying machines and robots is not something limited to fiction and sci-fi movies anymore. This is the era of the drones. They are gradually taking over...more