The Mayor Of Casterbridge, By Thomas Hardy

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Personal growth is an essential element of human development and progress. However, even though there are countless opportunities for the characters in Thomas Hardy 's novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge, to embrace and experience this necessary growth, there is an absence of such personal advancement and progress. Ultimately, the decisions and actions of Michael Henchard, Lucetta Le Sueur, Donald Farfrae, and Elizabeth Jane all demonstrate repetitive qualities and a lack of character development which either assist or hinder the justice and moral order of the characters’ fates. Throughout Hardy’s plot driven novel, the true personalities of the characters shine forth based upon their responses to the obstacles that they face or the repercussions of their actions. Some of the characters such as Elizabeth Jane and Donald Farfrae stay true to their own morals and beliefs as a way to demonstrate their altruism. However, other characters such as Lucetta and Henchard stay consistent in their own lies in the hope of personal embetterment that only leads to destruction. Even though Henchard attempts to repent and move past his previous faults by refraining from alcohol for twenty-one years after selling his wife Susan and child Elizabeth Jane, remarrying Susan after she returns to Casterbridge, and pursuing Lucetta after Susan dies to cover up their scandal together, Henchard lacks the dignity to move past the lies and the scandals of his past life. Therefore, when faced with an
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