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A Review on The Mayor of Casterbridges By Thomas Hardy
a church and swears an oath that he will not drink any alcohol for twenty-one years, the same number of years he has been alive. Henchard reverts to his original stubborn and unyielding character, thereby sabotaging everything to do with acquiring Happiness - Aquinas and Aristotle this relationship. One day, Henchard learns that Newson has returned to town, and he decides to leave rather than risk another confrontation. As in the original story, Michael Henchard, in a drunken moment, auctions his wife, Susan, and infant child to a passing seaman. This is reflected in the heart-wrenching, desperate will with which he makes sure that his punishment will continue after death. The pain of his reflexive choices is clearly evident. The morning after Lucettas death, Newson, who is still alive, arrives at his door and asks for Elizabeth. Partial cast edit, notable reviews edit, reviewed By: Angus Wolfe Murray at Eye for Film 2, reviewed By: TV Guide 3, reviewed by: Jim Steel 4 5 6 7 References edit External links edit 1 The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003 film).
However, the world, as Elizabeth-Jane acknowledges, is one of evolution and change, and so Henchard can no longer survive in this world, as he is non-adaptable. The mayor had tried to create his own destiny by producing a character that is fixed and permanent. Hardys philosophy on life and character is clearly voiced through Elizabeth-Jane and the ending she chose to endure. Years later, Susan meets up with an apparently contrite Henchard and their future could have been set on a positive path had Henchard been able to get past his ingrained selfishness. Difficult dilemmas require each character to summon up an enormous amount of forgiveness which, in many instances, is impossible to achieve. The Mayor of Casterbridge is a British made-for-TV film, produced by, georgina Lowe for, sally Head Productions and directed by, david Thacker, 1 based on the 1886 novel. However, while Lucetta is waiting for Henchard to call on her, she meets Farfrae when he comes to call on Elizabeth. Ciarn Hinds as Henchard, Juliet Aubrey as Susan Henchard, Jodhi May as Elizabeth Jane, James Purefoy as Farfrae, and, polly Walker as Lucetta. The couple meet and decide that, in order to prevent Elizabeth from learning of her parents disgrace, Henchard will court and remarry Susan as Newsons widow, and not as his own long-lost wife. Even though his character is deeply flawed, Henchard does evoke considerable sympathy because his salvation requires only a change of heart.