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The Mayor Of Casterbridge By Thomas Hardy To what extent is it Henchards temperament that causes his downfall And to what extent is there a fateful inevitability to Henchards tragedy How does Hardy gain the readers sympathy for Henchard The mayor of Casterbridge is about a man who sells his wife and daughter at a fair he then spends 18 years trying to find them He then becomes the Mayor of Casterbridge and hires a Mr Farfrae after this his life goes downhill Then Henchard dies But what caused his downfall His character Fate Also how does Thomas Hardy ensure that Henchard gains the readers sympathy despite everything he does Well there are three key factors that lead to Henchards downfall One of these key factors is his character8230 First of all one of Henchards personality traits that contribute to his downfall is his impetuosity A good example of this is when he hires Farfrae on the spot after already promising that job to another man named Joshua Jopp This helps the coming of his downfall by actually keeping Farfrae in Casterbridge eventually resulting in Henchards popularity being won over by Farfrae More importantly when Farfrae and Henchard put on their entertainments for the locals Henchard fired Farfrae when he sees him dancing with Luccetta This is a good example of his rashness It contributes to his downfall because his popularity has now almost totally been won over by Farfrae Another of Henchards poor character traits is his ambition If he werent so ambitious he wouldnt have sold his wife in the first place He believed that Susan and Elizabeth-Jane were preventing him from achieving all he possibly could in life Evidence of this is when he said If I were a free man again I would be worth a thousand pound When everyone finds out that he sold his wife he becomes hugely unpopular leading to his downfall Also when Luccetta found
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