Thomos Hardy The Mayor Of Casterbridge Essay

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Thomos Hardy The Mayor Of Casterbridge Essay, Research Paper Thomas Harding does an admirable job narrating the, The Life and Death of The Mayor of Casterbridge, Mr. Henchard, as well as the various other characters that influenced the phases of Mr. Henchard s downfall to prosperity and than again to his self-inflicted destruction. As self-inflicted as King Saul s death in Samuel 1 in the Bible. The narrative of King Saul s life follow comparable steps as Mr. Henchard s. In both narratives both men engage in a trusted consanguinity with another man who were existent for the majority of the protagonists chronicle. In Thomas Hardy s, The Mayor of Caterbridge, the relationships between Mr. Henchard and Donald Farfrae are overwhelmingly alike as distinct as that to King Saul and

David. In the beginning of the novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Mr. Michael Henchard is described “of fine figure, swarthy, and stern in aspect” and had a “walk of the skilled countryman” and “showed in profile a facial angle[ ]to be almost perpendicular.” (I,1). Also stated is that Mr. Henchard s “elbow almost touched (his wife s) shoulder” while walking beside each other, implying that he was a very tall man. (I,1) Saul from the Bible is also described as “as a handsome young man” who “stood head and shoulders above the people.” (1 Sam 9:2) While both men were accompanied with someone of inferior status, Henchard with his wife and Saul with his servant, they were in search of something, Saul of his asses and Henchard of work, when their lives were

altered. Mr. Henchard and Saul both fell asleep in a dining establishment and awoke to find that their lives had changed perpetually. Spouseless and childless Mr. Henchard moves and spends the bulk of his life in Casterbridge. It is later revealed in the story that he the mayor of Casterbridge. Saul is also chosen to be a governmental leader of all of Israel as Mr. Henchard of all of Casterbridge. In Casterbridge, Mr. Henchard sought for an assistant, and this is where Donald Farfrae is first introduced. Alike in the Bible King Saul seeks a man to “remain in [his] service” (1 Sam 19:22) for, he also needs a partner to help him in some manner. Both new characters are described as musicians, but Mr. Farfrae is just passing though Casterbridge, and has no intentions of staying.

At first, Farfrae declines Henchard s invitation to stay and help him run business of Casterbridge, but later agrees to stay because of Henchard s persistence. David, on the other hand, immediately serves King Saul to calm him. “Whenever the spirit from God seized Saul, David would take the harp and play, and Saul would be relieved and feel better”. (19:23) As King Saul s kingdom is threatened by the six and a half foot, uncircumcised Philistine named Goliath, he advises David not to fight the enemy as a caring father would his son, but when David insists “Saul answered David, Go! The LORD will be with you.” (17:37) Contrariwise, Henchard after reuniting with his former wife, discloses his affair with another woman to Mr. Farfrae, as would a companion to his best-friend.

The relationship between Henchard and Farfrae appear to be more on a same level, unlike King Saul and David, where David endeavors to please Saul. As the novel revels and Henchard tries to punish one of his employees for oversleeping Farfrae challenges Henchard s preference in discipline of humiliation, thereupon, Henchard is first faced with competition. For example in this passage: ” when one of the men inquired of him [Mr. Henchard] [ ] he said shortly, “Ask Mr. Frafrae. He s master here!”" (XV, 103). Unlike in the Bible, David never challenges King Saul, but continues fighting wars in the name of the LORD and in honor of Saul. The relationship between Henchard and Frafrae and Saul and David become less affectionate and more rivalry when the central male character