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The Role of Festival in The Mayor of Casterbridge One of the most striking facets of The Mayor of Casterbridge, for example, is the role of festival and the characters' perceptions of, and reactions , the merry. The book opens with Henchard, his wife and infant daughter coming at Weydon-Priors reasonable. It's a spectacle of festive holiday in which 'the frivolous contingent of visitors' grab a respite from labor following the business of the fair was concluded. Here Henchard becomes drunk and vents his bitterness and frustration in being unemployed on his marriage. Henchard negates the festive and celebratory nature of the honest by his own egotism. Exactly what the people perceive as a joke permissable under the principles of topsy-turvy, the permit of this temporary release in the area of work, Henchard signifies badly and in that act which refuses the spirit of festival he places himself in a position of antagonism to the workfolk, an antagonism that develops with time. From that opening the theme of festival shadows the narrative and mimes the 'tragic' history of this solitary individual culminating from the early custom of the skimmington ride. This theme creates a counterpoint to the dominant theme of work and the publication develops on the grounds of a battle between various pictures of the isolated, individualistic, egotistical and private types of 'economic man' (Bakhtin's term) and the collectivity of this workfolk. The many pictures of festivity - the washout of Henchards' official celebration of a national occasion, Farfrae's 'resistance randy', the fete carillonnee that Casterbridge mounts to obtain the Royal Personage, the people supper presided over by Henchard where the city worthies dra...