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Evaluate Hardy&#145s presentation of Bathsheba and Fanny in Far From the Madding Crowd. How does Hardy evoke the readerfs sympathy for these two women?

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Far From the madding crowd Question: Evaluate Hardy's presentation of Bathsheba and Fanny in Far From the Madding Crowd. How does Hardy evoke the reader's sympathy for these two women? In the 19th century, women had little freedom and little money. They were expected to stay at home as wives and mothers and not to take on the more demanding jobs that the males done in the 19th century. If a woman was to marry, her husband would own her property and income and a father's estate would be passed down to the next male in line and never the next female. So overall women in the 19th century had many restrictions that they were never to be broken unlike the more superior role of the typical male. Bathsheba in biblical terms was the wife of Uriah who committed adultery with David. She later married him after he ordered the killing of her husband. Everdene means the timeless qualities of nature. Bathsheba is an unusually powerful woman considering the era in which she is living in. She inherited her uncle's farm when he died and she is also rich. This is a complete contrast to Fanny and also the typical role of a woman in the 19th century. Fanny is very dependant on others for her well being. In chapter nine, Boldwood "Took her and put her to school" and "Got her a place" on the farm. ...read more.

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"How should I know her name?" Bathsheba and Troys marriage gets worse and this is where Hardy again evokes the reader's sympathy. "All romances end at marriage." This was Troys perception of the whole situation. Bathsheba finds out about Fanny's baby in chapter forty-three when she looks in the coffin at Fanny. Bathsheba tries speaking to Troy but he then disowns her in anger "You are nothing to me - nothing." Hardy has evoked my sympathy to a peak here. At he end of the book, Hardy builds up to a dramatic scene where Boldwood shoots Troy out of anger and jealousy. "Boldwood was seen through the smoke to be now again engaged with the gun." Bathsheba here was very shocked and she was grasping Troy in desperation for him to wake up and come alive. Yet again Hardy evokes the readers sympathy for Bathsheba. But in the end Bathsheba finds her true love. Gabriel Oak who was always there for her. "Will you marry me?" They finally get married and Bathsheba ends on a happy note. Fanny is presented by Hardy as a direct contrast to Bathsheba "It was a slim girl, rather thinly clad." This is a sign that Fanny is a poor girl and probably underfed. She is blonde and fragile while Bathsheba is dark and lively. Hardy evokes the reader's sympathy for Fanny from the moment the moment we meet her and until the moment she dies and even after she gets buried. ...read more.

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Hardy only evoked a small amount of sympathy from Bathsheba and that was mainly with her situation with Troy. Troy mistreated her and used her for her money and this is where I really felt pity for Bathsheba who loved Troy. So in my opinion Hardy presented Bathsheba as a very self assured, independent woman who was very surprisely dropped all of a sudden by her husband and it left her in turmoil and sadness. This is how Hardy evoked most of the reader's sympathy. As for Fanny, Hardy evoked a lot more sympathy compared to Bathsheba. Fanny was the "dark and lonely figure" who was poor and thin. She seemed like a nice person down to heart but she was never truly happy and she was never treated as she deserved to be treated. Troy didn't give her the love and respect that he should have done and when it was too late he realised how much he loved her, leaving Bathsheba by herself. And when Fanny was in her grave and the gurgoyle was dripping water all over it making it even worse, Hardy really showed the readers how unfair life can be and at the same time he evokes maximum sympathy for Fanny. Overall Hardy presented Bathsheba and Fanny in the most appropriate way to evoke the certain amount of the reader's sympathy that he wanted. This was very cleverly done and it is proof that Hardy is an all time great author. ...read more.

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