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The Mayor of Casterbridge

Thomas Hardy

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Bloom, Harold, ed. Modern Critical Interpretations: Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1988.

Casagrande, Peter J. Unity in Hardy’s Novels: Repetitive Symmetries. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1982.

Daleski, H. M. Thomas Hardy and the Paradoxes of Love. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1997.

Edwards, Duane D.The Mayor of Casterbridge as Aeschylean Tragedy,” Studies in the Novel. 4 (1972): 608–618.

Guerard, Albert J. Thomas Hardy: The Novels and Stories. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1949.

Howe, Irving. Thomas Hardy. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1966.

Kramer, Dale. “Character and the Cycle of Change in The Mayor of Casterbridge,” in Tennessee Studies in Literature, vol. 16 (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1971). 111–120.

Lerner, Laurence. Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge: Tragedy or Social History. London: Sussex University Press, 1975.

Mickelson, Anne Z. Thomas Hardy’s Women and Men: The Defeat of Nature. Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow, 1976.

Paterson, John.The Mayor of Casterbridge as Tragedy,” Victorian Studies 3 (1959): 151–172.

Taft, Michael. “Hardy’s Manipulation of Folklore and Literary Imagination: The Case of the Wife Sale in The Mayor of Casterbridge.Studies in the Novel 13 (1981): 399–407.

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Characters

by atleastimnotaprincess, March 23, 2013

All of the characters (besides the troubled Henchard) are almost completely shallow and almost petty. Isn't it odd how Frafaer had no difficulty getting back together with Elizabeth-Jane after he hurt her so terribly by going for Lucetta? And how Lucetta practically refuses to own up to her own actions by claiming it was a misfortune she fell into? Although it is almost annoying how Henchard never learns from his mistakes, he truly does seem like the only "deep" character in this book.

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Confused.

by aimalfarooq, September 02, 2013

I didn't like most of the characters, but that does not imply that I disliked the book. The book was fantastic and the story was gripping. I was initially fond of Farfrae, but then I grew to dislike him. I despised Lucetta since the first time she was described, and my hatred kept increasing as the story progressed. Elizabeth-Jane was the only character I liked; whereas, my feelings towards Michael Henchard were those of confusion. I disliked him at times. Other times, I felt pangs of sympathy towards him, and anger towards how others treate

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