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The Return of the Native and The Mayor of Casterbridge both consist of plot twists coincidences and a series of minor and major climaxes However the time involved in the novels is very different The Return of the Native may at first seem long because it contains many plot twists but is it in fact very compact The whole story takes place in only about a year In contrast The Mayor of Casterbridge takes place over a span of twenty years In the movie no great portion of time seems to be skipped over not that it can be based on the fact that the entire duration is only a year In the novel Hardy deals with intervals of time in very interesting ways At one point he uses nine chapters to detail the events of only of a few days This is in chapters three through eleven a time that begins as Susan Henchard sets out to find Michael Henchard and ends as she meets him in the amphitheater During this small period Hardy gives much detail as to how Susan and Elizabeth-Jane travel to Casterbridge where they find the mayor and observe him He also tells of Henchards wooing of Farfrae and of his meeting first with Elizabeth-Jane and then with Susan Hardy could easily have said all of this in one or two chapters but he chose to drag it out like this In much the same way he could go through periods of many months in a single paragraph He even bounds over a single period of twenty or so years and only lets the reader in on what happened as characters reflect on the past Therefore the feeling of time is very different in the movie than in the book The characters in each story all live in the same place In The Mayor of Casterbridge they all live in Casterbridge and in The Return of the Native they
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