Essay on The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

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"The Mayor of Casterbridge"

In The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy, a person’s future lies in the hands of his or her past actions. The intelligent or ignorant decision that they make places an immediate or long-term effect on the rest of person’s life. Michael Henchard, whose interactions with the people of Casterbridge lead to his demise, is only one of the people who decide their own destiny through their actions. The decisions that the residents of Casterbridge make affect the rest of their lives. The good and evil characteristics which society possesses determine their fate.
The good qualities which a human holds leads to their future happiness. Initially, a person who understands their natural area results in a
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Farfrae’s superior reasoning skills and wit in his grain business and in his life deliver a most luxurious future. A person’s intellect basically results in an enjoyable life and future. Newson makes up a plan that if Susan "thinks me dead she’ll go back to him, and the child will have a home" (285), this shows his love for Elizabeth-Jane and in turn guarantee him a good life. Yet as the positive qualities of humans determine people’s destiny, the negative attributes of people decide their own fate.
As the good brings success, the evil characteristics of mankind insure a life of unhappiness and suffering. People’s natural desire to seek revenge causes their own demise. Jopp’s obsession to force Farfrae out of business was so strong that Jopp "was as unsafe a colleague as Henchard could have chosen" (179). Henchard’s own anger toward Farfrae for stealing Lucetta and initially causing Henchard to lose his business leads to Henchard challenging Farfrae in a fight to ones death. Henchard defeats Farfrae, but spares his life. Without doubt, irresponsibility causes painful situations that people must deal with, Henchard’s negligence to keep a close eye on his business results in the bankruptcy of the business. This unruly and negative behavior by Henchard and Jopp lead to both Jopp’s unemployment and Henchard loss of everything in his life that was important to him. Undeniably, the deceitfulness of humans’ result in serious consequences, Susan’s
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