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Bathsheba and Oak are both very significant characters in the book

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Bathsheba and Oak are both very significant characters in the book. The books story constantly revolves around Bathsheba and in my opinion she is the main character in the book. This young, pretty lady ends up changing the lives of three men forever. Her charms, vanity and the way in which she entraps men with her beauty leaves one man dead and one hanged for murder. Throughout the book she is constantly undecided yet I feel that Oak always seems to play the leading male role in her life even after she marries Troy. Although she does not like Oak the moment she sees him. When the two characters first meet in the book Gabriel sees a carriage loaded with furniture on top of the hill, Bathsheba is sitting on top of it. He becomes interested in the lady sitting on top of the hill and as the carriage is about to leave he "followed the vehicle to the turnpike gate some way beyond the bottom of the hill, where the object of his contemplation now halted for the payment of the toll." ...read more.


Gabriel was so in love with her that he waited for her to come past the hedge every day, he "had reached a peak of existence he never could have anticipated a short time before." Gabriel decides to marry Bathsheba but he is deceived by Bathsheba's aunt into thinking Bathsheba has many sweethearts already. Bathsheba runs after him to say that this is untrue. He assumes that she wants to marry him and says that he is doing all right in life and that she could have a piano and so on. Bathsheba is excited but she "would hate to be thought men's property in that way", she likes the idea of marriage but she does not like the prospect of all the responsibility afterwards, she is not impressed by Gabriel's property and she is definitely unimpressed by the thought of having "a little piano". Bathsheba needs taming. Gabriel is devastated when he hears that Bathsheba is leaving but she returns. There are many small meetings that they have but the important event is when after Gabriel's disaster with the sheep he comes to her farm in need of help, he wants her to employ him as a shepherd because nobody else will. ...read more.


When Troy comes into play Oak yet again warns Bathsheba against the man but Bathsheba is already in love and takes no notice to Gabriel's concerns. After Gabriel pursues Bathsheba whilst she is on her way to Bath he is comforted by the fact that she is going to Bath to refuse Troy nevertheless Bathsheba returns from Bath and marries Troy. Oak sees the weakness of Bathsheba's relationship with Troy and realises how incompetent at running the farm Troy is. Troy ends up controlling most aspects of the farm and ignoring Bathsheba's wishes even though he is uncertain of what he is doing. Bathsheba married Troy between jealousy and distraction and it is clear that she is discontent with him as a husband. With a storm brewing and the men drunk Oak covers the hayricks with Bathsheba helping him but when lightning strikes they are in the barn, together as they should be. She is upset at the aspect of further married life with Troy yet she knows that Gabriel Oak will always love her, be there for her, and she thanks him for his devotion. ...read more.

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