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Literature The Mayor of Casterbridge Can it be said that Henchards downfall is all due to some great error Some may believe that it is a penance for selling Susan but this would be to take Newson out of the equation who it must be said is just as guilty of this act as Henchard I believe that Henchard is totally blameless for his downfall to use a bad pun that will become apparent later it is in his nature It is my belief that Henchard is a personification of nature It is obvious that his life has completed a revolution but when you look closely you can see that Henchards life resembles the seasons Our first image of Henchard is one of winter his clothing is described as a short jacket of brown corduroywhite horn buttonsand a straw hat overlaid with black glazed canvas Black brown and white conjure images of the countryside in the heart of winter for me Hechards life is in a rather bad point but things start looking up when he sells Susan it is at this point that he moves into spring We are told little of what happens between Susans sale and when she comes looking for him but I would say that during this period Henchard passes through spring as he gives up liquor and moves into summer when he becomes mayor When we next see Henchard he is on the brink of autumn his progression down through the social strata is very autumnal as his creeps inch by inch towards the inevitable When he reaches the lowest of the low he does not stay in the town and sponge off Elizabeth-Jane and Farfrae he follows the yearning of his soul and returns to nature When he dies he is back in winter but just on the verge of spring exactly like the start of the book Just having a life resembling the seasons would
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