The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Performance Outcomes and Deliverables

Students analyze characterization, setting, and themes. They brainstorm, chart, map, and journal in various activities throughout the unit. Students discuss similarities to other tragic works such as the plays of William Shakespeare and Sophocles. Supplementary materials include study guides and answer keys, journal and writing topics, vocabulary, and a unit test with answer key.

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Literary Form

British Novel

21st-Century Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Critical thinking
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Leadership and responsibility
  • Initiative and self-direction

Overview

The Mayor of Casterbridge describes the rustic life of nineteenth-century Dorchester to the reader. The story’s shocking opening scene rivets readers’ attention. This novel is a great example of Victorian literature as well as the serialized novels popular at the time. Despite sophisticated vocabulary and complicated plot twists, the tale of Michael Henchard’s tragic life make him a recognizable and fascinating character.