The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

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There is a repeated pattern in the episodic plot of The Mayor of Casterbridge. What is this pattern and what does it mean (its significance)?

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Part of this pattern you are seeing is a result of the  idea of fate. Sometimes the novel may seem a bit contrived and the coincidences that appear almost become unbelievable.

However, the theme of fate is that each character has a downfall based on his or her fate and nothing can change that. The fate is due to the character and his or her flaws. This is who that person is and the charaters do not change or alter their personalities even when it seems that they should learn their lesson.

This idea of fate is that no...

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