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Thomas Harding does an admirable job narrating the The Life and Death of The Mayor of Casterbridge Mr Henchard as well as the various other characters that influenced the phases of Mr Henchards downfall to prosperity and than again to his self-inflicted destruction As self-inflicted as King Sauls death in Samuel 1 in the Bible The narrative of King Sauls life follow comparable steps as Mr Henchards In both narratives both men engage in a trusted consanguinity with another man who were existent for the majority of the protagonists chronicle In Thomas Hardys The Mayor of Caterbridge the relationships between Mr Henchard and Donald Farfrae are overwhelmingly alike as distinct as that to King Saul and David In the beginning of the novel The Mayor of Casterbridge Mr Michael Henchard is described of fine figure swarthy and stern in aspect and had a walk of the skilled countryman and showed in profile a facial angleto be almost perpendicular I1 Also stated is that Mr Henchards elbow almost touched his wifes shoulder while walking beside each other implying that he was a very tall man I1 Saul from the Bible is also described as as a handsome young man who stood head and shoulders above the people 1 Sam 92 While both men were accompanied with someone of inferior status Henchard with his wife and Saul with his servant they were in search of something Saul of his asses and Henchard of work when their lives were altered Mr Henchard and Saul both fell asleep in a dining establishment and awoke to find that their lives had changed perpetually Spouseless and childless Mr Henchard moves and spends the bulk of his life in Casterbridge It is later revealed in the story that he the mayor of Casterbridge Saul is also chosen to be a governmental leader of all of Israel as Mr Henchard of all of Casterbridge In Casterbridge Mr Henchard sought for an assistant
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