Study Guide

The Mayor of Casterbridge Three Act Plot Analysis

By Thomas Hardy

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Three Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Henchard sells his wife and daughter to a sailor and ruins the reputation of a young woman in Jersey.

Act II

More marriage problems. Henchard is reunited with his wife and daughter. When the wife dies, he's free to marry the young woman from Jersey. She doesn't want to marry him anymore and marries his rival instead.


Henchard's past relationship with the young woman is made public and she dies of shame. Henchard's rival remarries Henchard's stepdaughter. Henchard leaves Casterbridge and dies alone.

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