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Many believe that a humans personality determines their place in life In the Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy explores the role of character in determining fate He uses a characters personality flaws to determine their fate Hardy utilizes such traits as temper naivety control problems and shyness Hardy takes his character and places them in a situation where their personalities usually make the situation worse Throughout the novel the character Lucetta is portrayed as a spoiled child She likes things to be the best for herself She comes to Casterbridge in order to finish what she and Henchard proposed to do earlier that is marry one another When she refuses to see him because she likes Farfrae she is intentionally provoking him Henchard confronts her about this matter and he marriage to him Lucetta refuses to marry until Henchard threatens to black mail her He intends to black mail her with the love letters she wrote him earlier She agrees to the marriage Lucetta however marries Farfrae She does this because he is good looking better off than Henchard and totally infatuated with her This course was the best for her at the moment She knew of Henchards past she had experienced his temper and was afraid he would ruin her Lucetta also puts a great deal of emphasis on looks Earlier in the story she had fallen in love with Henchard After he left Jersey Lucetta wrote Henchard love letters These letters would become her down fall She died of shock or possibly miscarriage after the skimmity ride The only reason the townsfolk knew about her past with Henchard were these love letters She had trustingly asked Henchard to deliver them back to her keeping so that she could destroy them If she had trusted him enough to return the letters why couldnt she trust him to destroy them Henchards fate was strongly rooted in his character He has several character flaws
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