Hardy’s Greatest Tragedy: Isolation, Hope and Rejection in “The Mayor of Casterbridge”

Posted in Academia on December 14, 2009 by Alex Guillén

The Mayor of Casterbridge is considered by many critics, including Bert Hornback, who called it “the finest of Hardy’s achievements” and said that “more than any other of Hardy’s works The Mayor of Casterbridge belongs on that short list of masterpieces in the history of English literature” (106), to be Thomas Hardy’s greatest tragedy — not, perhaps, his greatest literary work, but rather his most thematically tragic. Part of that triumph of tragedy is based in the novel’s structure, a departure from previous works such as Far From the Madding Crowd and The Return of the Native, which focused on multiple characters instead of a single protagonist. “He decided to write for the first time a novel that was not, in any important respect, a love story but one in which he would centre the drama in one person. … Henchard is a full-length portrait, and Hardy truthfully subtitled the novel ‘A Story of a Man of Character.’” (Weber, Hardy of Wessex 146-7). The primary focus of this novel on a single person is apparent from the title itself. The Mayor of Casterbridge is structured to center around isolation; despite the setting in a large town — quite the opposite of Hardy’s normally pastoral settings — Henchard’s rough persona consistently works to generate negative consequences that lead him to tragic isolation. Continue reading


Mascot Reactions

Posted in Video on December 8, 2009 by Alex Guillén

Students at the College of William and Mary react to the announcement of five finalists for the College’s new mascot. The finalists were announced on Tuesday morning and include a wren, pug, phoenix, king and queen and griffin.

City cites nine houses for three-person rule violations

Posted in The Flat Hat on November 25, 2009 by Alex Guillén

The City of Williamsburg has charged the residents of nine houses with violating the three-person rule, according to Williamsburg Zoning Administrator Rodney Rhodes.

Rhodes said he could “speak with certainty” that at least one person in each house is a student at the College of William and Mary.

“I suspect that all of them have at least some students,” he said.

The three-person rule bars more than three unrelated people from living together within city limits.

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Audio Interview: SA Vice President Ryan Ruzic

Posted in Audio on November 9, 2009 by Alex Guillén

Interview by Russ Zerbo; audio engineering and editing by Alex Guillén.

New help for hemorrhoids: infrared treatment quick, less painful

Posted in The Health Journal on October 20, 2009 by Alex Guillén

Hemorrhoids are an uncomfortable topic—literally. They are painful and appear in an embarrassing part of the body, and the treatments often take time and great amounts of discomfort to heal.

In the past several decades, however, a new treatment has emerged, first overseas and more recently in the United States: infrared coagulation, or IRC. Hailed as non-invasive and less painful than other surgical options, IRC has become a popular alternative outpatient procedure for the treatment of hemorrhoids.

Williamsburg Surgery, PC, a practice of Sentara Medical Group, began offering the procedure last October, and doctors have since seen good results.

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Audio Interview: SA Senator Erik Houser

Posted in Audio on September 24, 2009 by Alex Guillén

Interview by Russ Zerbo; audio engineering and editing by Alex Guillén.

New noise ordinance approved by City Council

Posted in The Flat Hat on August 13, 2009 by Alex Guillén

The Williamsburg City Council passed a new noise ordinance Thursday after discussion and a minor amendment.

In April, the Virginia Supreme Court struck down Virginia Beach’s noise ordinance, which specified a level that would offend a “reasonable person,” as too vague. Williamsburg, and many other Virginia localities, also used the “reasonable person” standard and so must institute new, better defined ordinances.

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