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In Thomas Hardys The Mayor of Casterbridge the author devotes a large amount of energy and attention to making the setting of the novel as detailed as possible The city of Casterbridge can almost serve as a character on its own having its own personality and affecting other characters in the novel Hardy uses the setting as a literary device to strengthen the personalities and complexities of characters in the story Throughout the novel Hardy uses the setting either to reinforce character development illustrate the transformations that took place in the novel or to do both In the novel the author uses places such as the Kings Arm Henchards house and High Place Hall as status symbols The descriptions of the Kings Arm and Henchards house are both signs of Henchards rank as a well-respected mayor in the beginning of the novel Hardy writesThe building before whose doors they had pitched their music stands was the chief hotel in Casterbridgenamely the Kings Arms 29 and Henchards house was one of the best faced with dull red-and gray old brick59 These descriptions directly confirm the financial security that Henchard enjoys after becoming the mayor Besides Henchards character development the High Place Hall is a great reflection of Lucettas character The building is located at the center of Casterbridge and everything seems to occur in front of it A direct contrast to Henchard whose house is isolated the High Place Halls location reflects Lucettas need to be noticed by other people The window design in the house enables Lucetta to observe everything that happens in town while avoiding personal involvement in it Together with the name High Place the houses description reflects Lucettas strong desire to abandon her shameful past and be an upper class lady who stands above everyone elseBesides character development Hardy utilizes such images to illustrate the transformation of Henchard in the story Besides the descriptions of the glamour of the Kings Arm and
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