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Consider carefully which of Bathsheba’s three suitors, Oak, Troy and Baldwood, possessed the qualities most likely to make Bathsheba a good husband.

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Consider carefully which of Bathsheba's three suitors, Oak, Troy and Baldwood, possessed the qualities most likely to make Bathsheba a good husband. In the book "Far from the Madding crowd" written by Thomas Hardy, 3 men all want to have Bathsheba Everdene's hand in marriage. The 3 men are Oak, Boldwood and Troy. Gabriel Oak is a farmer who loses his farm at the beginning of the novel through bad fortune and has to become a shepherd and work for another farmer. But the farmer he ends up working for, as luck would have it, is the woman who rejected him earlier in the book when Gabriel asked Bathsheba to marry him. Boldwood is a rich farmer who is older than Bathsheba by many years. He is infatuated with Bathsheba ever since he received a valentine from the young lady - it was a dare, and one that Bathsheba later regrets. Troy, a dashing soldier who has an eye for pretty women, is the one who Bathsheba actually likes, but Troy himself isn't in love with her though he is happy enough to live with her and enjoy her wealthy status as owner of a farm. ...read more.


The fact that she runs her own farm and goes to the market and deals with the farms affairs is evidence of her confident personality. Miss Everdene is a stubborn Lady - a superb example of her stubborness is when she had much trouble in asking Oak nicely to help her with her farm. Bathsheba's spirit is an independant one - when her bailiff was stealing money from her, she sacked him and ran the finances of her farm herself. She can be very thoughtless at times - the sending of the valentine she sent Boldwood should have been carefully considered, but she didn't give it a second look. This action instigated Boldwoods infatuation with her. Though her bad points are many, she does have a caring side - she is a sensitive person. Her guilt after her thoughtless valentine is proof of this. Miss Everdene is a responsible farmer - when Fanny went missing she took responsibility and sent a search party out for her. ...read more.


This will be offputting for Bathsheba for obvious reasons. Troy is an attractive young soldier - Bathsheba falls for his charms quickly, though not instantly. Seductive - he can seduce many women, and uses his charms often on any attractive woman he lays his eyes on. Troy has probably cheated on women before in his life and he says to Bathsheba at one point that he is looking at other, more attractive women. His skill with a sword is magnificent - when he was practicing on Bathsheba his skill astounded her. Talented - even at school he was bright, but decided to join the army. Troy has a tendency to decieve - when Bathsheba asked if he had a son, he said no, even though he knew he did. His lie was later found out. Blows hot and cold - he often has mood swings. Vain - like Bathsheba, he loves himself too much. Oaks bad points are noticed first by Bathsheba, but later she notices his better side. He is a very trustworthy man Jason Rajamogan English Coursework Far From The Madding Crowd ...read more.

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