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Explore the Relationship between Bathsheba and Troy. What do we learn of Bathsheba's Character from the relationship?

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Explore the Relationship between Bathsheba and Troy What do we learn of Bathsheba's Character from the relationship? Before Bathsheba's relationship with Troy, she is a very outgoing and extremely independent. She does not seem to want a man to rule her life, and she is arrogant and vain when it comes to that subject. This can be seen in the opening chapters of the book, with her relationship with Gabriel Oak. When Bathsheba and Troy first meet, it is in the darkness of the Fir plantation. Bathsheba's dress became entangled upon Troy's spur; perhaps the entrapment would resemble Troy's personality towards women and one that would come into effect later in their relationship, it is symbolic and foreshadowing these events. However Troy had an image about him that could appeal to Bathsheba 'The man to whom she was hooked was brilliant in brass and scarlet...His sudden appearance was to darkness the sound of a trumpet is to silence.' This image shows Troy as high in status and in some way heroic. However Bathsheba does not sway towards Troy on their first meeting. In the second meeting (this time on Bathsheba's farm) ...read more.

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And at the sight of Troy gentle kissing Fanny, Bathsheba goes into a jealous filled and lunatic state. She feels she has been deserted by Troy, their marital bonds are broken. Her next reaction is a desperate plea to be noticed and loved by her husband. "Don't-don't kiss them! O, Frank, I can't bear it-I can't! I love you better than she did: kiss me too, Frank-kiss me! You will Frank kiss me too!" But this only for a split second makes Troy notice her calmly. After he recovers from his staring gaze at Bathsheba, he begins to insult not just Bathsheba herself, but her independence and their love and marriage. "You are nothing to me-nothing...A ceremony before a priest doesn't make a marriage. I am not morally yours." Bathsheba had been broken by the horror and torment of Troy's words. She is so overcome with grief and despair that she turns and flees. She flees to hide under a tree, here when she is found by Liddy. Her view on life is shown to have changed since she had the argument with Troy, concerning the twenty pounds. ...read more.

Conclusion

"She had sunk down on the lowest stair, and there she sat her mouth blue and dry, and her dark eyes fixed vacantly upon him, as if she wondered whether it were not all a terrible illusion. Bathsheba appears to be fearful of Troy, her yearning for him has ceased and her recollection of past events with Troy, cause Bathsheba to not go towards him. Upon this Troy moves forward to try and grab her, only to have a gun barrel discharged upon him. And on seeing this Bathsheba leaps forward to his aid, it seems that she has left her state of shock, and entered a new one. This time she shows that she still loves Troy, and tries to help him. Troy's manipulation at Bathsheba had stayed with her throughout the relationship and to his death. From this relationship, we learn that Bathsheba craves attention and that she is in a lot of ways a female equivalent of Troy. She aims to get what she wants and after their relationship she still cares for her older relationship, the same as Troy did with Fanny. She wants to be in favour with Troy constantly because she depends on Troy for her ambitions. Yet she can be hurt deeply by love and romance going wrong. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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