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Volume 2 Issue 12

October 2015

Michael Henchard: A Tragic Hero in Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge
Mr. Bhagirath Prasad Meena, 
Department of English, 
Government Senior Secondary School, Neemuchana, 
Alwar, Rajasthan, India
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) was born at Upper Bokhampton in Dorsetshire, the region that he later called Wessex in his novels. He trained as an architect and began to practise in 1867, though he soon became disappointed and sought another medium for expression- writing. The style of The Mayor of Casterbridge has marked resemblance with that of classical tragedy. Henchard qualifies to be known as a tragic hero due to his fate – the kind of reaction which is strange- a strange mix of cool acceptance and deep defiance.
Hay-Trusser; Furmity; Love Affair; Tragic Hero; Casterbridge; Destiny.
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