• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Mayor of Casterbridge - Henchard Vs Farfrae

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Mayor of Casterbridge - English Essay Henchard Vs Farfrae "Farfrae's good fortune is a result of Henchard's ill luck." Consider this view, commenting upon Hardy's use of; * Characterisation * Language * Historical and social background * Craft in the structure of the novel Thomas Hardy wrote the novel 'The Mayor of Casterbridge' in 1886. Two of the main characters, Donald Farfrae and Michael Henchard have a contrast in luck and Hardy uses characterisation, language, historical and social background and a craft in the structure of his novel to help bring across this point. During this essay I am going to comment upon how Hardy does this and further consider the view that, Farfrae's good fortune is a result of Henchard's ill luck. Throughout the novel there are many examples of Farfrae's good fortune resulting in Henchard's ill luck. One of the most important examples in the book is when Henchard and Farfrae both gamble on the weather. Henchard is told that the weather will be awful and the harvest would be ruined so he buys up all the grain early hoping to sell it off for more. ...read more.

Middle

This good fortune for Farfrae is a result of Henchard losing a good general manager which is ill luck. Those are some of the ways that Hardy uses characterisation in shaping and interacting his characters to help us consider that Farfrae's good fortune is a result of Henchard's ill luck. The second technique Hardy uses to help get across that Farfrae's good fortune is a result of Henchard's ill luck is language. This has been achieved because Farfrae (being Scottish) has a different accent and uses different dialect to Henchard which allows him to be softer, nicer and kinder. Henchard's use of language compared to Farfrae's is a lot more harsh, rough and discomforting to other people. How each character appears by their language throughout the whole novel is different to how it was when both men came to the Casterbridge. Henchard was probably made more welcome and taken in by the surroundings better than Farfrae (we do not know this for sure because the novel does not focus on when Henchard first arrived but we can assume as he was made mayor) because he was seen as an insider as he shared the same rustic, colloquial and regional dialect as the rest of the town. ...read more.

Conclusion

After losing his wife Henchard travelled to Casterbridge and became mayor. This shows a very highpoint in Henchard's life. He has, wealth, status and nothing to loose as he has gained it all from nothing. When Farfrae arrives in Casterbridge he has nothing at all. He doesn't have a job or a place to live but this does not worry him as he did not plan to stay. From that time onwards Henchard's life went down hill at the same rate Farfrae's got better. In the end Henchard was back where he started (after he sold Susan and before he went to Casterbridge) with absolutely nothing. Farfrae though had everything, - a business, plenty of money, a home, a wife and the status of Mayor in Casterbridge. These two nearly exact mirrored lines show that Farfrae's good fortune must be the result of Henchard's ill luck because as Henchard lost something at the same time Farfrae gained something e.g. Lucetta. After considering the view "Farfrae's good fortune is a result of Henchard's ill luck," in detail and commenting upon how Hardy used characterisation, language, social and historical background and his craft in the structure of the novel to show this, I know that it is correct. 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Thomas Hardy section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

*** 3 STARS

This essay shows knowledge and understanding of the novel and the intricacies of its plot. There is some good analysis of structure and some social and historical context. However this essay would not achieve a high grade as PEA (point, evidence, analysis) is not used. Quotes are needed to support comments - especially when discussing language.
The conclusion also needs to be less abrupt.

Marked by teacher Katie Dixon 16/07/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Thomas Hardy essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    In Tess of the DUrbervilles, how does Hardy present Tess and Angels relationship as ...

    5 star(s)

    However, during the passionate argument when Tess follows Angel out of the house after her confession, Angel states firmly that he and Tess belong to "different societies" and compares her to "an unapprehending peasant woman" who has never experienced any form of society.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Thomas Hardy - analysis of three poems. Afterwards, During wind and rain ...

    3 star(s)

    The latter, may evoke the idea of him being in a grave, in the 'nocturnal blackness'. The author uses dramatic irony as he represents his death, the image is of a hedgehog that "travels furtively over the lawn", which metaphorically alludes to his spirit that would do the same.

  1. Discuss Hardy's use of the supernatural element in The Withered Arm. To what extent ...

    Hardy once again uses irony as Rhoda survives and continues her milking at the diary, when she was the one who inflicted the evil on Gertrude. Rhoda 's physical ability may be weak at this stage but her mind is extraordinary to the point of being dangerous.

  2. Compare and contrast the characters of Alec DUrberville and Angel Clare in Tess of ...

    pictures him in the same way, Angel is described in a vaguer manner. While some of Alec's outward characteristics are linked to his behaviour, Hardy only really mentions them in passing, as the pace of the story is fairly quick here, as if Hardy is eager to get to Tess's first interchange with Alec.

  1. Compare the effects of the values and attitudes of the 1800s on the role ...

    mixed status relationship the child has had to be also isolated with his mother, "I think he lives with his mother a mile or two off." During the start of the story Rhoda seems to be the victim. Farmer Lodge cannot, and will not jeopardize his high position in the community to marry a woman of lower stature.

  2. Free essay

    Examine the statement Tesss life is damned from the start of 'Tess of The ...

    a passive, motherly role where she was seen and not heard, and the males were strong breadwinners who had power over their

  1. To what extent do you think Michael Henchard is responsible for his own downfall? ...

    He compares nature and mankind. "In contrast with the harshness of the act just ended within the tent was the sight of several horses crossing necks and rubbing each other lovingly, as they waited in patience to be harnessed..." After Michael spending his evening drinking rum, he began auctioning his wife to anybody who would buy her.

  2. Michael Henchard possesses all the features of a tragic hero. Discuss.

    an oath against alcohol for twenty one years: ?"I, Michael Henchard...do take an oath...that I will avoid all strong liquors for the space of twenty-one years to come" He then goes on to complete his oath by not drinking for twenty-one years, which shows that he is a man who sticks to his principles.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work