How Michael Henchard's Character In the Mayor of Casterbridge Led to his Misery and Demise

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Why Michael Henchard’s Character Led to His Misery and Demise The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy is a novel about the rising and plummeting of a complex man named Michael Henchard. Michael Henchard does not just have one characteristic or just one personality for that matter. His personality can be described as thoughtful and strong-minded but also as ruthless, stubborn and cold. Henchard's impulsiveness, aggressive attitude, childishness and selfish nature made failure and misery inevitable in his life. The essence of his character is the root of his demise and misery. Michael Henchard’s pride and stubbornness leads to the start of his demise. When we first meet Henchard he is a dejected hay-trusser of twenty-one years,…show more content…
It is almost as if when Henchard is under the influence of alcohol he takes on his child-like characteristics. Henchard experiences guilt but it is not in his character to learn from it. The next morning Henchard knows that he has committed a horrible sin, but the fact that Henchard still blames his wife and daughter for being a burden on him shows that he is still a stubborn proud man and has not learnt from his mistakes. Henchard said, "Yet she knows I am not in my senses when I do that!" he exclaimed. "Well, I must walk about till I find her....Seize her, why didn't she know better than bring me into this disgrace!" he roared out. "She wasn't queer if I was. 'Tis like Susan to show such idiotic simplicity. Meek--that meekness has done me more harm than the bitterest temper!" This shows that Henchard is frustrated with the constant burden of his wife and daughter. He then goes on to say he’d be worth a lot of money. This would tend to show that Henchard has aspirations and hopes of becoming something and he has the drive to fulfill this ambition. Henchard is a very complex character, he is moody, and temperamental at times and if it is in his emotion he is feeling at the moment he shows care. So with the five guineas he aquired from the sailor he journeyed out on a search for his wife and child. This demonstrates Henchard must have felt some remorse and acts on it. After he fails to locate his wife and child Henchard takes

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