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Character Sketch of Bathsheba

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Introduction

FMC-BATHSHEBA CHARACTER SKETCH-DO HER VIRTUES OUTWEIGH HER FAULTS? Bathsheba is the heroine of the novel who is depicted as a continually growing and changing character. She is not a perfect or ideal woman and has her faults but overall her accomplishments and virtues definitely outweigh the shortcomings of her personality. Bathsheba is first portrayed as a poor attractive cottage girl admiring herself in a mirror. This vanity, Gabriel Oak is quick to observe is her chief fault. At the tollgate too she does not consider it necessary to thank Gabriel for paying the additional two pence she had refused to pay the gatekeeper to allow her to pass. Vanity was indeed a part of the innermost core of her being. ...read more.

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Although well educated she was considered too wild and unpredictable to be a governess. She was head strong and impulsive. Her hasty marriage to Troy, even when she had gone with the intentions to renounce him was a manifestation of her reckless behaviour. Sending Boldwood a Valentine card with "Marry Me" on it was another impulsive action, which had dire consequences. Her outbursts of temper were also noticed in the way she stormed at her maids for speaking ill of Troy and dismissing Gabriel for offending her with his frank criticism. Despite her faults Bathsheba was "candour" itself. She was essentially a good woman and had a sympathetic nature. She truly regretted her frivolous act that resulted in arousing Boldwood's passion. ...read more.

Conclusion

She acts responsibly in sending men to search for Fanny. She displays unconventional strength and confidence when she attends the market at Casterbridge where she is the only woman farmer. She is sincere and involved in her work and personally supervises operations such as sheep -shearing, harvesting, haymaking and attends to the safety of her corn ricks. Again on Troy's death she bears her misfortune and widowhood with rare calmness and fortitude. With great strength and a sense of both duty and loyalty as a wife she prepares Troy's corpse for burial and decides to place it next to Fanny having shed her feelings of jealousy. It was for these reasons that Hardy claims that she belongs to the category of women who become mothers of heroes!! ...read more.

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