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What the Mayor of Casterbridge tells us About 19th Century Wessex The plot of The Mayor of Casterbridge is slightly confusing and complex to follow, the pages of this well known novel are filled with scandal and alcohol, but provides for a very interesting and unique story. The novel is written by Thomas Hardy was a man who was very interested in agriculture and therefore was able to create a great a successful story. The story takes place in one main location, an old village created from Dorchester called Casterbridge and the other; Weydon Priors which is a smaller version of the typical market towns. The plot of the story is unusual and certainly a little out of the ordinary but still it makes a fantastic story line. Thomas hardy uses a great descriptive vocabulary of words which creates images and pictures in your mind. Hardy says and describes that the surroundings of Casterbridge are mainly tree plantations and row after row of fields planted wit corn. From the beginning, it is obvious that something is strange about this family. It was one summers evening when the three (Michael, Susan and Elizabeth-Jane) ...read more.


The people made a living from farming, making clothes out of poor materials, hay trussing or working for part of some ones business (which was a regular occurrence). The shops in Casterbridge didn't have allocated times to shut at and were customer orientated meaning they shut when all of the customers in the shop had left or until there were no customers around the reason behind this was that nearly every villager was short for money. The items that were being sold there were; food farming utensils, clothes and things which come into everyday use. Farfrae had purchased a seed drill and put it on display in Casterbridge, the people of the town had mixed feelings but most of the townsfolk didn't accept the new idea of the "seed drill" as they were stubborn, unwilling to change the opinions they hold, and were more than happy to stick to the old ways of harvesting crops. So this immediately created conflict between those in favor for the new seed drill and those not. To no surprise Henchard arrived upon the scene and began to dismiss the idea of the "seed drill" being a revolutionizing step forward. ...read more.


Thomas Hardy was so fond of studying architecture, not that necessarily only in housing but the inventions of machines which greatly contributed to the revolutionising of our world today. He writes about the seed shop, timbered cottages, overhanging windows, flowers, and Abel Whittle's home all in great detail. This shows/tells us about his great fascination with architecture. He also talks about the surroundings of the village which are; the Pommerle, the roman amphitheatre and the weir pool, fields of corn, dusty roads and hay barns. These things are connected with the Romans as; fields of corn was the normal sight of Roman times, as roads were simply worn paths into the countryside and very dusty. Bulls were often a regular sighting and they were left to roam freely and in those days corn was stored in barns unlike plastic containers created for today. There have been a lot of inclusions of Roman things again because of hardeys fondness in things which contributed into the revolutionising of those times. Also as was the problem then and still is know the weather being completely unpredictable. Harvesting was often disturbed by the weather show how reliant upon the weather the people of that time were. ...read more.

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