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Character is Fate - Choose three episodes from the novel and discuss whether this statement is true of Michael Henchard.

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'Character is Fate' Choose three episodes from the novel and discuss whether this statement is true of Michael Henchard. In this essay I shall be considering and discussing whether Michael Henchard's character can be described as fate. Michael Henchard's character can be described as fate. The actions in which he takes throughout the novel are mostly unfortunate and could be argued as fate or just generally his misfortunate character. Fate can be defined as "the development of events outside a person's control, regarded as predetermined by a supernatural power"(www.dictionary.com). The subtitle of the novel is "the life and death of a man of character" this subtitle sums up, extremely briefly Michael Henchard's fate prone character and tells us that the novel is about his whole life, from his unknown origin to his lonely death. To understand the question and how fate links in with Michael Henchard's character, the definition of character is "the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual"(www.dictionary.com) this is important as there are many different contexts in which this word can be used. In my opinion in the novel of 'The Mayor of Casterbridge' Michael Henchard's could have been described as fate. To expand on my theory I shall be looking at three particular episodes which strongly support my personal opinions. These episodes will be the key event from the story, when Michael Henchard sells his wife and child to a sailor, when there is a celebration in the town and both Henchard and Farfrae set up celebrations, and the final episode I shall be discussing is when there is a poor harvest to predict the. ...read more.


People would have much more objections and interference nowadays than in the period at which this novel was set. After Mr Newson dies she searches for Henchard which leads Susan back to the furmity woman who sold them the It is fate that it was the furmity woman whom could be argued as the reason of the separation between husband and wife, is the one that reunites them once again, but eighteen years later. This is significant because, the marriage of Susan and Michael Henchard was broken by the effects of the alcohol on Henchard but the person who served the alcohol is also just a liable for the blame as it was fate that Henchards family went into the furmity tent in which the bowls of furmity had the option of being spiked but it is furthermore fate that 18 years later the person's actions which broke up Henchard and Susan, now her actions are re-uniting Henchard and Susan. As Susan and Elizabeth-Jane continue along their journey they find Henchard and discover that he is the Mayor of Casterbridge. And to Susan's surprise, he is respected throughout the town and is notorious around the area and county of Wessex. An episode which supports the theory of character is fate, is when Henchard employs Farfrae. This decision changes Henchard's life considerably. The main point at which fate affects Henchard's life is when the young Scotchman, Farfrae gives Henchard the note, it is described as the "fate of the note". ...read more.


So due to fate and Henchards greediness Farfrae became richer than Henchard all thanks to Henchards actions. This greediness is once again shown as it was in the first chapter when he sold his wife and child for a mere five guineas. In conclusion, "Character is Fate". In the first episode it was Henchards drunkenness that led to him selling his wife and therefore changing his path in life proving that character is fate. In a non-sated episode when Henchard hires Farfrae, Henchard comes to a conclusion about employing this man through little thought into this situation, thus affecting his future drastically, this once again proves that character is fate. In the second stated episode Henchard goes over the top on a celebration spending a lot of money and not caring about if the weather may have an impact on his celebration, due to his ignorance it rained, this supports the statement that character is fate. It could be argued that his character is that which is subject to a great amount of misfortune, but due to his all of his previous misfortunate encounters this could not also be described as misfortune and therefore we must be able to conclude that Michael Henchard's character is fate. In the final episode of the novel Henchard tries to predict the harvest to push Farfrae out of the corn business, due to bad fate Henchard becomes much less off than before and Henchards fate makes Farfrae much wealthier than before, therefore the opposite of Henchards plan occurred. This his proves that character is fate. ...read more.

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