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Character and Fate In the book The Mayor of Casterbridge written by Thomas Hardy the character Michael Henchard experiences a dramatic rise to grace and even more dramatic fall from it He tries to demonstrate how fateful coincidences character and temperament act together in life to determine the outcome of a persons life Fate plays a very important part in The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy uses the plot of the novel relies on number of coincidences The key initial event in the novel is the arrival of Newson at the furmity tent as Henchard sells his wife Farfrae who might possibly have passed by without stopping arrives in Casterbridge just as Henchard is being criticized for the quality of his corn Henchard brings his fate upon himself for after much persuasion he convinces Farfrae to stay and employs him which is an ironic twist of fate as one day it will be Farfrae who employs Henchard Henchard as a magistrate is in the court on the day when the furmity woman is on trial This event like so many others is a fateful coincidence that changes Henchards life forever The cruel timings of fate occur many times throughout the novel right up to the closing chapter when Elizabeth-Jane goes to see Henchard half an hour after he has died Even the weather seems to be fatefully against Henchard Henchards plans for the holiday are ruined by rain Henchard jealous of Farfrae decides to ruin him financially Henchard is not thinking clearly based on weather prophets predictions for rain and encouraged by Jopp he buys all the grain in Casterbridge Unfortunately for him the weather improves and the grain prices fall As a result Henchard is ruined by fate and his own foolishness The weather in contrast aids Farfrae who makes lot of money where Hardy mentions Meanwhile Donald Farfrae prospereda large heap of gold where a little one had been Here
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