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Michael Henchard in The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy Michael Henchard is a character with traits that have both a positive and negative traits effect in his life. I believe the features that enabled Henchard to grow to social respectability and drop to destitution where the exact same. "Character is destiny"(Plato) For instance Henchard stubbornness and pride allowed him to maintain his 21-year vow to not drink. This shows his stubbornness brought an aspect forbearance. However the identical character traits also forced him rely on a forecast from a fortuneteller getting his financial downfall. This is same aspect of Henchard that made him so forbearing and dedicated to his marriage vows with Susan. This attribute allowed him to be reliable, something which greatly helped him to being admired from the town. However, if he would have not been honourable and turned Susan off, then it can have worked better. I can suppose, he might have married Lucetta and her money would have been a great asset to hi...