The Mayor Of Casterbridge Rama Brothers

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PublisherRama Brothers AuthorThomas Hardy ISBN9788175812994 No. of Pages340 LanguageEnglish BindingPaperback

Henchard, who is Hardy's Lord Jim, stands at the very summit of his creator's achievement; his only tragic hero and one of the greatest tragic heroes in all fiction. He takes his place at once with certain towering and possessed figures of Melville, Hawthorne, and Dostoevsky: a man of character observed by guilt and so committed to his own destruction. He anticipates not merely Lord Jim and the Razumov of Under Western eyes but also the Michel of Ande Gide's L'Immoraliste. Fifty years before Karl Menninger Hardy recognized as Shakespeare did three centuries before him that the guilty not merely flagellate themselves but also thrust themselves in the way of bad luck; create what appear to be unlucky accident. Henchard's decline in Casterbridge was no more fortuitous than Lord Jim in Patusan. The two

men of character" pursued strikingly similar desires: forceful, conscientious, and proud, alike outcasts thanks to the un accountable flarings of a moment's fear and anger, dedicating their lives to an impossible rehabilitation and distant ideal of honour