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Describe the character of Bathsheba - Discuss herrelationships with Gabriel Oak, Farmer Boldwood and Sergeant Troy.

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Introduction

Describe the character of Bathsheba. Discuss her relationships with Gabriel Oak, Farmer Boldwood and Sergeant Troy Throughout Far From The Madding Crowd, Bathsheba is the beautiful character at the centre of the novel, driving the plot through her relationships with her three lovers. Her charm and beauty change the lives of her men forever and leave one shot dead and one in prison for murder. At first, Bathsheba appears to be a vain and selfish person, but as the book develops Bathsheba's character transforms as she meets different people and falls in love and in dealing with her problems, she matures. Hardy to uses Bathsheba's character to show the threats that Bathsheba faces of getting married and loosing her independence. At the beginning of the novel Bathsheba is a penniless, selfish independent young girl however her character changes throughout the book. Hardy refers to her character a lot 'Bathsheba, though she has too much understanding to be entirely governed by her womanliness had too much womanliness to use her understanding to the best advantage' and also Bathsheba herself feels she is too wild and untamed for Gabriel. Right at the beginning of the novel she turns his proposal down because of it. ''I want somebody to tame me; I am too independent; and you would never be able to, I know.'' ...read more.

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It is not until the end of the book that bathsheba realises how much she needs Gabriel and what a big part of her life he is. Farmer Boldwood is the second lover we meet in the book. Boldwood, as his name suggests, is a wooden, reserved man. He is a very serious and a solitary man who lives alone on his farm and has not had much experience with women. 'Who is Mr.Boldwood?' said Bathsheba 'A gentleman farmer at little Weatherbury.' 'Married?' 'No, miss' 'How old is he?' 'Forty I should say - very handsome - rather stern looking - and rich.' He is a formal man who always goes by his second name 'Boldwood' and never by 'William', his first name. This gives the impression of someone who is very dignified and does not have many close friends. Boldwood is a serious and clever man. He is a successful farmer who does not have much to do with other people, even though he is concerned about Fanny Robin who he has cared for as a child. Because he doesn't have much to do with women he does not know them at all. He took the valentines card from Bathsheba too seriously as it never occurred to him that someone could be light-hearted about something like that. ...read more.

Conclusion

He is cruel to Bathsheba when he is married to her but tells her he still loves Fanny. 'You are nothing to me- nothing, said Troy heartlessly. A ceremony before a priest doesn't make a marriage. I am not morally yours.' Troy is also selfish and expects Bathsheba to give him money for gambling 'He did not now love her enough to be carried too far by her ways' Troy also lies to Bathsheba and tells her that the hair kept in his watch was hers when it is actually Fanny Robins. Troy is not very responsible and even though he bought his way out of the army with Bathshebas money to become a farmer, he neglects his farm duties when he is one. A typical example of Troys selfish and irresponsible behaviour comes when he holds the harvest party. Gabriel sends a message about a coming storm but Troy simply sent a messenger back 'Mr Troy says it will not rain returned the messenger and he cannot stop to talk to you about such fidgets.' Gabriel has to work all night with Bathsheba and this shows Troy is not dedicated to his farm. Even though women were not treated as equals in the Victorian times, in comparison to Boldwood and Gabriel, Troy is extremely sexist. ''Friends,' he said, 'we'll send the women folk home! 'Tis time they were in bed. Then we cockbirds can have a jolly carouse to ourselves!'' This is said by Troy at the harvest party. ...read more.

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