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Consider the characters of Oak, Boldwood and Troyand their relationship with Bathsheba. Which male best fits the 19th century tradition of the 'Romantic Hero'?

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Consider the characters of Oak, Boldwood and Troy and their relationship with Bathsheba. Which male best fits the 19^th century tradition of the `Romantic Hero'? A romantic hero is a person (usually a man) who is there to save the day when you need them. They should have certain qualities like, charm, bravery, intelligence, reliability, financial stability and most importantly passion. The novel `Far From The Madding Crowd' by Thomas Hardy, fits the stereo type of a classic Victorian novel. Bathsheba is the heroine in need; there are also a string of problems for the characters to overcome like Troy's involvement with Fanny, her death and the loss of her baby to which Troy is the father. Rises and falls of fortune, for example when Oak loses all his sheep and has to leave his farm; and the happy ending to the story when Oak and Bathsheba get married. However, the characters do no fit the stereo type of the Victorian novel exactly. ...read more.


These quotes are an insight into the personality of the real Troy. He is seen as being very arrogant because he knows that he is portrayed as being a ladies man and to some degree thinks that he can get away with whatever he wants. The fact that he leaves the church because Fanny Robin is a few minutes late, shows that he didn't really want to marry her and just agreed to do so to keep her happy. Troy needs to learn that you can't keep everyone happy with lies and weak promises. On the other Hand Gabriel Oak is totally different. He is described as being "A good man" with "Good character". He worked on a farm from a young age and after many years of hard work he became bailiff. Oak is a very sincere and dependable man but he seem to be somewhat inexperienced around women, this is shown when he proposes to Bathsheba so soon after first meeting her. ...read more.


He takes life in general too seriously. Throughout the novel Boldwood seems to be in control of his feelings, but this is really all just a mask hiding his real emotions. At the end of the story he is driven to insanity by the return of Troy and shoots him out of pure jealousy. This kind of behaviour takes him out of contention as far as being a stereotypical romantic hero. In my opinion, out of the three men, Gabriel Oak most fits the stereotype of the romantic hero. His actions through the novel show the sort of qualities we expect to see in a romantic hero. He may not rescue Bathsheba physically but he saves her livelihood on two occasions and his support as a friend is constant. He is a good honest man with descent intentions, he truly cares for Bathsheba. Neither Troy nor Boldwood show this reliability even though they have different qualities such as Troy being handsome and charming, and Boldwood being kind and financially stable. ...read more.

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