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Thomas Hardy

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Perspective and Narrator

The Mayor of Casterbridge is narrated through a sympathetic third-person omniscient point of view. The narrator knows the characters thoroughly and is understanding of their weaknesses or mistakes.


The Mayor of Casterbridge is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

The title The Mayor of Casterbridge refers to the tale's protagonist, Michael Henchard, who becomes mayor of the fictional town of Casterbridge—a setting centrally important to the plot and described in painstaking detail. The novel's full original title, The Life and Death of the Mayor of Casterbridge: A Story of a Man of Character, reveals Henchard's fate and indicates he has a strong and perhaps unconventional personality.


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