Character and Destiny in The Mayor of Caster bridge By Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge is one of Thomas Hardys typical "Wessex novels ", the novel begins in 1826 with a young couple, Michael and Susan Henchard , and their daughter Elizabeth. This novel narrates a series of story that happened after Henchard sold his wife when he was drunk at early, a century England, Casturbridge. We can summarize that hardy believed that human destiny was closely linked with character, it is “the novel of character and destiny” Michael Henchard is not a typical tragic man, he is a tragic hero. He was spontaneous and honest. Henchard is the "man of character" when the novel opens Henchard is a disconsolate twenty one - year - old hey –trusser who , in a drunken rage , sells his wife and daughter at a county fair, this novels character should be completely different . Compared with traditional women Susan, the mother, Hardy created a new daughter who desired for freedom and explored for self -
improvement. For their was a kind of mysterious people’s life, and their different destiny are the result of their different personalities .Susan as a tragic great mother ,Elizabeth as a independent daughter, the character and the destiny to deeply and systematically analyze the close relationship between destiny and character in the mayor of Casterbridge .