Thomos Hardy The Mayor Of Casterbridge Essay — страница 2

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hears gossip of how the other is preferred more. To cite an instance the Bible clearly states: ” The woman played and sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” Saul was very angry and resentful [ ] And from that day on, Saul was jealous of David” (18:7-9) The resentfulness between Henchard and Farfrae began just the same. While Henchard conversed with a child of why everyone requested Farfrae when inquiring about the value of haystacks the child, without knowing Mr. Henchard s appearance replies, “I suppose they like him so [ ] And he s better tempered, and Hechard s a fool to him, they say.” (XV 104) Both men in each relationship become more reserved as the stories continue. Although, Henchard s step-daughter marries Farfrae and David marries

Saul s daughter their kinship does not mend. Farfrae becomes more popular with the people of Casterbridge and David later becomes a fugitive and seeks refuge far from Saul who in turn wants to murder David. Bloodshed and disaster were common while Saul tried to terminate David s life, which in turn forces David to hide for several years because of David s fear of Saul. Meanwhile, Farfrae is not intimidated by the presence of Henchard. One of the principle reasons why Frafrae does not run as David did is because all of Casterbridge discovers how Henchard sold his wife and infant during a crazy drunkenness. Just as Saul s kingdom unveil Saul s despotic prosecution of David and of many others. King Saul later repents and says to David ” I have done wrong. Come back, my son David,

I will not harm you again.”(26:21) Henchard also has no desire to harm Farfrae and keeps a secret that Frafrae s first wife is the woman Henchard had an affair with, so he does not deepen the hurt between the couple. The respect and admiration between all characters always remain, though each thought they hated the other. As both major main characters near the final stages of their lives it was very clear to both Mr. Henchard and King Saul that the other was certainly the superior person. Mr. Henchard abandons the place that for many years calls home, Casterbridge. He leaves with no intention of ever returning. Meanwhile, King Saul seeks help and is denied, yet he continues to fight. Unfortunately, both men die miserable deaths. King Saul refused bestow and ” took his own

sword and fell upon it.” (31:4) Henchard on the other hand died a sorrowful and gradual death, by starvation because he learns and repents for the arm he cause to the people who most adored him. At the news of the death of King Saul, David is deeply saddened by his action and “Mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul”. (2 Sam1:12) Unlike David, Frafrae learns of Henchard s death simply says “What are we to do?” (XLV 326) The circumstances between the four characters are as distinct as comparable in both stories. Although, Mr. Henchard and King Saul could have easily saved themselves and others by adopting some of their companions traits, both were destined to end as they did.