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    symbolism in Hardy's 'Far from the madding crowd'

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    • Submitted: 08/03/2008
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  3. How does Hardy portray Tess as a pure woman?

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • To what extent do you think Tony Kytes is indeed an "arch deceiver"? How successful is he in deceiving the three girls? What is Hardy saying, in your opinion, about the behavior of men and women in love?

    "In conclusion, we can say that Hardy portrays Tony in two different lights. To an outsider, Tony can be summed up as a deceiving womanizer, but with insight the reader will find out that the only person who is really deceived is Tony himself. His actions at the start were honorable but he naively thought that he could have both ends of the agreement. As a result, he confused himself by not knowing what he wanted; he wove an intricate web of lies and presumptions to hide behind while not fully understanding the consequential dangers he was subjecting himself to. As for the relationship between two sexes, Hardy successfully portrays the miscommunication between the two and the mind game that women sometimes play. For example Unity manages to make Tony re-consider his position towards Milly, and no doubt she made the job easier for Hannah too. Hardy stresses the point that when in love communication is even more difficult because of the more delicate emotions involved. By Omar Omar Y10A English Pre-1914 Prose Assignment"

  • Compare 'After the First Death' with Far From the Madding crowd,' with special consideration of each author's style and characterisation.

    "The intended audience is obviously to be different as they are written in completely different centuarys.In my opinion, 'After the first Death' appeals to the younger generation, as it has less complex language and a stronger type of 'adventure' in the plot which appeals to them. In comparison, 'Far from the Madding crowd', appeals to the more 'rustic' concerned characters, who enjoy the courtyside imagry. I personally feel that both novels are successul in fufilling their aims to achieve the type of enjoyment intended audinces require."

  • One of the great strengths of Far From The Madding Crowd is Hardys contrasting portrayals of Gabriel Oak and Sergeant Frank Troy. Discuss this observation on the novel

    "In conclusion, the greatest strength of ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ to me is the contrasting portrayals of Oak and Troy. There are, however, many other strengths in the novel, including the themes and the descriptions of scenery. The most important character contrast is between Troy; a selfish philanderer who only thinks of himself and Oak, who is the opposite because he is gentle, kind and honourable. Hardy’s descriptions of Troy and Oak give us a lot of insight into both characters. Hardy’s power with words is never more evident when describing Troy in a nutshell: ‘idiosyncrasy and vicissitude had combined to stamp Sergeant Troy as an exceptional being.’ Oak and Troy are so different it is easy to understand why the portrayal of Oak and Troy is the novels greatest strength. Hardy sums up the difference between Oak and Troy excellently when he avers: "Troy's deformities lay deep down from a woman's vision, whilst his embellishments were upon the very surface, thus contrasting with homely Oak, whose defects were patent to the blindest, and whose virtues were as metal in a mine.""

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