Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge

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Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge by Roger Ebbatson Summary

The author explores the genesis, publication and reception of Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge, alongside the historical and social context of the plot. He also looks at the central themes (identity and non-identity, nature, death, superstition) of the work, and gives an analysis of the tragic qualities of the text, asking whether it is possible to produce such tragic literature within a fundamentally secular society. Finally, Ebbatson examines the gender issues raised by the narrator, and the representation of the characters Elizabeth-Jane and Lucetta.

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.0000000000Drunk and bitter at the world, the young Michael Henchard sells his wife to a sailor at Weydon Priors fair. The next morning he vows to give up drink and mend his terrible ways. Twenty years later he is mayor of Casterbridge, a rich and important figure who little suspects the past is about to rear up and attack him. The Mayor of Casterbridge is a masterpiece of Victorian literature, bringing the classical forms of tragedy into the modern world with striking force, showing a proud and noble man overwhelmed by his past and the forces of fate.With an Afterword by Peter Harness.

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Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge by Michael Goodman Summary

A guide to reading "The Mayor of Casterbridge" with a critical and appreciative mind encouraging analysis of plot, style, form, and structure. Also includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading lis

Le maire de Casterbridge

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Michael Henchard est un jeune saisonnier qui vit avec sa femme, Susan, et sa fille, Elizabeth-Jane, dans un village du Wessex.Un jour, sous l'empire de l'alcool, après une violente dispute avec sa femme, il décide de la vendre avec sa fille à un marin de passage, M. Wenson. Dégrisé, il mesure l'étendue du désastre et, plus seul que jamais, se promet de ne plus jamais s'approcher d'un goulot...Dix-huit années après, devenu un marchand prospère, Michael est élu maire de la ville de Casterbridge. Tous le croient veuf. Mais le hasard place sur sa route une certaine Lucette Le Sueur, avec qui il noue une relation...Or la jeune femme, déshonorée, se voit contrainte d'épouser Michael pour retrouver sa dignité. Pas si simple, puisque le maire de Casterbridge, devant la loi, reste un homme marié... C'est le moment que choisissent, pour surgir du passé, Susan et sa fille Elisabeth-Jane...

The Life and Death of the Mayor of Casterbridge

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Far from the Madding Crowd

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Tells the story of Bathsheba Everdene as she is courted and married to three different men and relates the consequences that result when Michael Merchard sells his wife and daughter

The Life and Deat of THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE.

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Thomas Hardy's the Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy Summary

"Some folks want their luck buttered." Thomas Hardy (2nd June 1840 - 11th January 1928), celebrated poet and writer, was born in a modest thatched cottage near Dorchester in the West country, to a builder father. His mother came from a line of intelligent, lively and ambitious women so ensured her son had the best formal education available for their modest means although this ended when he was 16. He became a draughtsman specialising in the building of churches was able to give it up to be a full time writer and poet with the publication of Far From the Madding Crown which became a bestseller and like much of his work was serialised. His writing reflects his passionate beliefs for social reform and exposes the hypocrisy of the rules of the Victorian age which constrained many freedoms with convention and restricted the transcending of class boundaries. His novels are almost entirely set in rural Wessex which although fictional is clearly rooted in the SW counties of England where he was born and lived most of his life. Hardy's writing caused controversy in his lifetime but despite this he was highly praised and showered with honorary doctorates from many universities, a knighthood, which he refused and in 1910 the prestigious Order of the Merit. The Mayor of Casterbridge is Michael Henchard who prior to becoming such a prominent man was a drunk who sold his wife and daughter to a sailor for five guineas at a county fair. Despite his remorse and despair and his forsaking all alcohol, he finds his past deed shapes his fate. Casterbridge is Hardy's fictionalised Dorchester providing a peaceful landscape in contrast to the inner turmoil of our tragic hero and the other three main characters who are closely interlinked. This tightly knit novel with its vivid characterisation and striking descriptions has often been described as the greatest in the English language and sees Hardy at his best.

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The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy by Julian Wolfreys Summary

The Mayor of Casterbridge is conventionally understood as being indebted to the forms of tragedy. Following the intertwined fates of its various protagonists, Thomas Hardy's narrative weaves its various strands together as these lead inexorably to the ultimate downfall of Michael Henchard. The essays in this casebook showcase balanced evaluations of Hardy, from a variety of theoretically informed positions such as Marxism, feminism, phenomenology and psychoanalysis, as well as providing reassessments of the novel's structures and concerns. The introduction situates the novel in relation to the history of critical reception, of both Hardy's work in general and the novel in particular. In addition, it addresses the ways in which critical work on Hardy since the 1970s has sought to reassess the novelist, while complicating the reader's understanding and appreciation of Hardy.

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The Mayor of Casterbridge by David C. Gild Summary

Hardy's story dramatizes the human condition as a struggle between powerful men and against fate. (Fate usually wins!) In this tale, violent natural and social forces toss the characters about like rag dolls as the mayor is destroyed by his protege.

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The Mayor of Casterbridge by Guy R. Williams,Thomas Hardy Summary

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...rendered him less desirable as a husband than she had at first thought him to be.' 'I cannot answer, ' said Elizabeth-Jane thoughtfully. 'It is so difficult. It wants a Pope to settle that ' 'You prefer not to, perhaps?' Lucetta showed in her appealing tone how much she leant on Elizabeth's judgment. 'Yes, Miss Templeman, ' admitted Elizabeth. 'I would rather not say.' Nevertheless, Lucetta seemed relieved by the simple fact of having opened out the situation a little, and was slowly convalescent of her headache. 'Bring me a looking-glass. How do I appear to people?' she said languidly. 'Well--a little worn, ' answered Elizabeth, eyeing her as a critic eyes a doubtful painting; fetching the glass she enabled Lucetta to survey herself in it, which Lucetta anxiously did. 'I wonder if I wear well, as times go ' she observed after a while. 'Yes--fairly. 'Where am I worst?' 'Under your eyes--I notice a little brownness there.' 'Yes. That is my worst place, I know. How many years more do you think I shall last before I get hopelessly plain?' There was something curious in the way in which Elizabeth, though the younger, had come to play the part of experienced sage in these discussions. 'It may be five years, ' she said judicially. 'Or, with a quiet life, as many as ten. With no love you might calculate on ten.' Lucetta seemed to reflect on this as on an unalterable, impartial verdict. She told Elizabeth-Jane no more of the past attachment she had roughly adumbrated as the experiences of a third person; and Elizabeth, who in spite of her philosophy was very tender-hearted, wept that night in bed at the thought that her pretty, rich Lucetta did not treat her to the full confidence of names and dates in her confessions. For by the 'she' of Lucetta's story...

Works: The mayor of Casterbridge

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Le retour au pays natal

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Thomasine est sur le point de se marier avec Damon Wildeve, jeune homme charmant mais trop peu sérieux. Courtisé par la frondeuse Eustacia Vye, au tempérament fougueux et aventurier, il répond à ses charmes et hésite à épouser celle qui lui était destinée.Eustacia, avec ses velléités de liberté, est prête à tout pour quitter cette lande déserte et trop tranquille. Alors, quand le beau et brillant Clym Yeobright revient de Paris où il est diamantaire, Eustacia y voit la possibilité de s'évader enfin. D'autant que Clym répond favorablement à ses avances. Mais Clym a d'autres projets. Et celui de quitter son pays natal n'en fait pas vraiment partie...Ce classique de la littérature anglo-saxonne, paru en 1878 et révisé en 1912, combine tous les éléments de la tragédie : repliés sur eux-mêmes, les personnages de ce Retour au pays natal contemplent en vain l'horizon d'une lande jalouse, dont ils semblent les prisonniers.

Chronique d'une mort annoncée

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Dans un village de Colombie, un jeune homme, Santiago Nasar, est assassiné un matin à l'issue d'une nuit blanche très mouvementée et d'une visite au port pour apercevoir l'évêque dont le passage est un événement. Une enquête menée par le narrateur révèle l'aspect insolite de ce fait divers : tout le monde, en fait, était au courant du projet des deux assassins. Cette mort était "annoncée" et même clamée par les tueurs. Pourquoi n'a-t-on rien fait pour empêcher l'assassinat en avertissant la future victime ? Des servantes familiales au responsable de la sécurité du village, en passant par le curé, ou les bouchers des abattoirs, on avait, semble-t-il, ses raisons. Consultés par le narrateur, les témoins expliquent ce qu'ils savent, ou mieux, ce qu'ils savaient. Mais pourquoi les frères Vicario ont-ils tué Santiago Nasar à l'aube, alors qu'ils ont passé une partie de la nuit avec lui à festoyer et à s'enivrer à l'occasion du fastueux mariage de leur soeur Angela ? En pleine nuit de noces, le marié, Bayardo, congédie brusquement sa femme car il s'aperçoit qu'elle n'est pas vierge. Interrogée par ses deux frères, Angela révèle le nom de celui qui l'a déflorée : Santiago Nasar. Mais est-ce vrai ? Et le mari mérite-t-il vraiment cette vengeance familiale ? Ainsi l'affaire est reconstituée peu à peu, mais les détails fournis, loin d'éclairer l'ensemble, le rendent de plus en plus mystérieux et rocambolesque. Voici un livre hallucinant où l'humour et l'imagination de Garcia Marquez se débrident plus que jamais pour créer une nouvelle et géniale fiction sur les vieux et éternels thèmes de l'honneur et de la fatalité.

Sous la verte feuillée

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Un jeune fermier et un vicaire se disputent le coeur de Fancy Day, institutrice dans un village du Wessex. Indisponible en poche, l'un des premiers romans de l'auteur de Tess d'Urberville. Dans le paisible village de Mellstock, à la veille de Noël, l'arrivée d'une nouvelle institutrice est au cœur de toutes les conversations. Sans que nul l'ait encore vue, Fancy Day, une enfant du pays, fait déjà tourner les têtes des célibataires du comté.Dick Dewey, un jeune fermier, est le premier à lui faire des avances. Tombé fou amoureux au premier regard, il finit par la demander en mariage dans le plus grand secret. Mais un autre homme n'est pas indifférent aux charmes de la jeune femme : Mr Maybold, le vicaire, qui l'invite à se joindre à la chorale de la paroisse comme organiste. À son tour, il s'offre à l'épouser. Or Fancy, frivole et capricieuse, fait languir ses prétendants, bien consciente qu'il lui faudra renoncer à son indépendance lorsqu'elle sera mariée.Dans un labyrinthe de passions, Sous la verte feuillée, paru anonymement en 1872, dresse une fresque pleine d'ironie et de mélancolie du monde rural cher à Thomas Hardy. De cette histoire tissée de savoureux malentendus, où s'affrontent pour une femme une âme candide et un notable respecté, ne subsistera qu'un secret bien gardé par la fantasque Fancy...