The Mayor of Casterbridge
The Mayor of Casterbridge Writing Style
The reader knows from the title of the novel that Michael Henchard is going to die (the subtitle is "The Life and Death of a Man of Character"). But even if you missed the subtitle, you could be in little doubt that things are not going to end well for Henchard. The narrator doesn't miss many opportunities to brood over the way Henchard's nature causes him to behave.