The Mayor of Casterbridge

what are symbols used by thomas hardy in mayor of casterbridge?

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The Caged Goldfinch- Both Henchard and the bird lived in a prison and died because of neglect. The Finch's prison was literal, the cage, and Henchard's prison was his personality and the life he had lead. 


The Wagon Crash- symbolizes the conflict between Henchard and Farfrae.