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Hardys The Mayor of Casterbridge does an excellent job of displaying Casterbridges realistic Western England setting through the architectural buildings the behavior of the townspeople and the speech used throughout the novel All of these aspects combined provide a particular environment Hardy called Wessex which infuses the work with reality and a life The love which Hardy had for architecture is displayed throughout this novel with the descriptions of the surrounding countryside the buildings the commerce the roads and the amusements that make up the environment of Casterbridge The town of Casterbridge in Wessex an ancient name for the West Saxon kingdom of the Middle Ages is no longer used geographically It comprises of Doreshire and parts of other western England countries The country and the town meet at a mathematical line The town is shut in by a square wall of trees like a plot of garden grounded by a box-edging When overlooking Casterbridge there are towers gables chimneys and casements standing tall and strong to show the development of the buildings The chief hotel in Casterbridge-namely the Kings Arms is a spacious bow-window projected into the street over the main portico The homes of Casterbridge consist of timber homes with overhanging stories whose small-paned lattices were screened by dimity curtains on a drawing-string There were other houses of brick-nogging which derived their chief support from those adjoining The roofs consisted of slate patched with tiles and occasionally there was a roof of thatch Detail to buildings of Casterbridge gives readers a visual insight to the composition to the social classes of the town Leading onto the townspeople who keep Casterbridge alive and productive Social classes of the townspeople determine each individuals behavior and how others treat each individual based on social class or status The characters may seem odd to some audiences yet these characters are at all times real They are based on people Hardy had grown up with people
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