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By the end of 'Far From The Madding Crowd.' Bathsheba does not deserve Gabriel as a husband. Examine this statement with reference to her relationships with Oak, Boldwood and Troy

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By the end of 'Far From The Madding Crowd.' Bathsheba does not deserve Gabriel as a husband. Examine this statement with reference to her relationships with Oak, Boldwood and Troy By Daniel Mitchell At the beginning of 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Bathsheba is presented as a vain and wild person. She is young and attractive. She finds enjoyment in looking at herself. Bathsheba is a woman before her time, as she wants to be 'rich enough to pay a man to do theses things.' This shows how she wants to do what a man would usually do, she wants to be in charge, rich and to be equal or better than everyone else. 'In short, I shall astonish you all'. This reveals how she thinks she is capable and wants to show how she can succeed. Bathsheba is independent and determined to succeed. Ironically her wish comes true as she inherits her uncle's fortune and farm. However she does not just get someone else to run the farm and become 'lady like' but instead she wants to 'involve herself in and organise, run and become the boss of the farm. Gabriel is a main character in this story and has many good qualities; even his name 'Oak' denotes his strong, steady and stable qualities that are evident throughout the book. ...read more.

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She has a weakness at 'denying' him. Bathsheba wants to know what people think about her and Boldwood. She chooses the man she turned down. This shows that Bathsheba needs Gabriel, as she knows he has all the good qualities. She trusts Gabriel, as she knows he is loyal and truthful. Gabriel tells Bathsheba the truth bluntly. 'I said it honestly and with serious meaning'. Bathsheba however does not want the truth. She becomes angry and sacks Gabriel. After sacking Gabriel she is almost immediately in need of help. Her farm seems to fall apart and problems arise. She straight away realises how much she needs and relies on Gabriel. When the sheep break into the clove field and became bloated she is in desperate need of Gabriel. She sends him a note saying 'Do not desert me, Gabriel!' By now Bathsheba has met up with Troy who is an untrustworthy soldier who cares little for the past and the damage he does to other people's lives. Troy's reputation precedes him as Farmer Boldwood informs Gabriel of his mistrust of Troy and how he is not a worthy man. Due to Troy's exciting and passionate side, he is able to flatter Bathsheba. This affects Bathsheba because one of her weak qualities is that she likes to be liked and thought of as beautiful. ...read more.

Conclusion

She certainly needs Gabriel as we have seen, as Gabriel has always been there, supportive and ready to help. He has helped her immensely at the farm, saving her ricks and sheep. He has never given up on her even though she has not wanted him. Through the reading and research of 'Far from the Madding Crowd' I believe that Bathsheba does not deserve Gabriel as she had the opportunity to marry Gabriel at the beginning but she turned him down. Then she had to have her farm rescued three times by Gabriel. She did not appreciate his help as much as she should have done. Bathsheba then marries Troy; an untrustworthy man whose love was just a mere short lived passionate love. Then she promises to marry Mr Boldwood. She sacked Gabriel from her farm and often refused and ignored Gabriel's warnings and advise. Yet Gabriel stuck by her. He almost has no faults and is not proud or self-righteous when Bathsheba has to ask from him to come back to rescue her sheep. Bathsheba with all her imperfections and faults does not deserve Gabriel, a strong, steady man of a good character. However, although Bathsheba does not deserve Gabriel it does not really matter, as Gabriel knows of Bathsheba's faults, yet despite this he is more than happy to marry her and that is what is important that they both love and want each other. ...read more.

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