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Michael Henchards Confrontation of Moral Beliefs In the novel The Mayor of Casterbridge many circumstances and external forces compel Michael Henchard to confront his moral beliefs Firstly unexpected action idea and notion under specific condition can confront ones moral beliefs The novel opens with Henchard his wife and baby daughter arriving at Weydon-Priors Mr Henchard is a hay-trusser who hopes to find work there However he is depressed to learn from a local that no jobs are available Henchard goes to a refreshment tent and signals the furmity woman to lace his drink with rum After drinking four basins Henchard becomes overbearing argumentative and quarrelsome He vents his bitterness at being unemployed on his marriage He begins to talk of the ruin of his life by getting married early Impulsively he offers to sell his wife for five guineas A sailor named Newson buys her and her daughter Elizabeth-Jane Then Henchard is fallen asleep due to the liquor In this incident the circumstances and external forces compel Henchard to confront his moral beliefs Since he was drunk and upset due to his unemployed when he sold his wife and daughter we can assume that his action does not represent his moral beliefs In addition from Henchards action and vow after he wakes from a drunken stupor we can reason that he believes the sale of his wife is immoral In remorse for his actions Henchard vows not to drink for twenty-one years Also he searches long and hard for his wife and child These facts shows that deep in his soul he is regretful and full of guilt Henchards frustration and the effects of liquor compel Henchard to confront his moral beliefs In this incident the circumstances and external forces are surprisingly strong that they drive his action can no longer be guarded by his moral beliefs instead his action completely betray his mind and is controlled by the external forces Next
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