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'Far from the Maddening Crowd.' Why does Bathsheba choose Troy when she could have had Oak or Boldwood?

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Introduction

'Far from the Maddening Crowd.' Why does Bathsheba choose Troy when she could have had Oak or Boldwood? Set in the 1840's, the novel tells the story of Bathsheba Everdene and the three men who feature in her life. Gabriel Oak is the one of the most central figures in the novel. He is an expert shepherd and a farmer and is a man of simple values, who earns an honest living, and is in harmony with nature. His love for Bathsheba is honest, unromantic, and above all, steadfast and patient. Gabriel is unselfish, resourceful, and is able to withstand misfortune in all areas of his life. He is also the counterweight to all the other major characters in the story. Mr Boldwood is a well-respected, local gentleman farmer. He has dignity and is depicted as a good neighbour: he is kind to Fanny and Gabriel. However, Mr Boldwood is noticeably chivalrous in his attempt to save Bathsheba from finding out the truth about her husbands past, and eventually pursues her with a single-minded passion to make her his wife. In contrast to Gabriel and Mr Boldwood, Troy is a fascinating blend of the attractive and the repulsive. His appearance is devastatingly attractive to women and his dashing manner, fluent flattery and skill in swordmanship enable him to 'assault' and win his chosen prey. He gives the impression that he is a person of strong character but this is quickly shown to be limited. A close analysis of his character and actions reveals him to be an unprincipled cheat and liar and he neither changes nor develops during the novel. Bathsheba is a complex character and her gradual development is central to the progress of the novel. The early chapters stress her high-spirited and independent nature, as well as her vanity and capriciousness. Bathsheba is a very educated, beautiful and highly attractive person. ...read more.

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For a man like Mr Boldwood, this is enough encouragement for him to begin to build his hopes. Though not in love with Mr Boldwood, Bathsheba knows that a marriage to him would be financially advantageous. Mr Boldwood offers Bathsheba, wealth, security, status, and a loving relationship. Even so, she is doubtful whether marriage would be wise. There are several reasons why Bathsheba does not marry Mr Boldwood. One of the main reasons is that she does not love him. Bathsheba knows that she would like to be in a relationship that is exciting and where she can be courted by the opposite sex. She believes that if she were to enter into a relationship with anyone, it would have to be a romantic, passionate, and loving relationship. "I have not fallen in love with you, Mr Boldwood." Bathsheba feels that Mr Boldwood cannot offer her the type of relationship she desires because he is a serious man who does not even attempt to court her, but instead makes a very formal proposal, which includes nothing to encourage her feelings or arouse her interest. "Miss Everdene-I come to make you an offer of marriage." In addition to this, Bathsheba knows that Mr Boldwood is a man whose manner is rather wooden. He is a person who has never been interested in women or marriage, and is a man who does not even recognize what a beautiful woman looks like. Another factor that contributes to Bathsheba's rejection of Mr Boldwood is because of the kind of affection Mr Boldwood offers her. Mr Boldwood's love is not the sort of love Bathsheba longs for. "I want you-I want you to let me say I love you again and again!" Bathsheba wants a passionate, and intense love, not the obsessive love which Mr Boldwood offers her and which in a way frightens her. It might seem that Mr Boldwood's love for Bathsheba arose more from the wish to satisfy his own desires than from any really deep and abiding love for her. ...read more.

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This may have contributed to Bathsheba wishing to form a special relationship with Troy and then to marry him. A further reason why Bathsheba marries Troy is because she is intimidated into marrying him. "He suddenly said he had that day seen a woman more beautiful than I, and that his constancy could not be counted on unless I at once became his...And I was grieved and troubled-." Bathsheba loves Troy so much she could not bear for him to marry another woman, and to be without him. And so out of desperation Bathsheba quickly marries Troy so that he will be hers. However, Bathsheba's vanity also plays a part in her choice to marry Troy. "And then, between jealousy and distraction, I married him!" Bathsheba could not tolerate the thought of Troy, whom she loves so much, marrying someone else because she is more beautiful than Bathsheba. So in jealousy of Troy's other women, Bathsheba marries Troy to secure him. In conclusion, I believe that Bathsheba chose to marry Troy instead of Mr Boldwood or Gabriel for many reasons. Primary among these are the many characteristics of Troy which appeal to Bathsheba, such as his physical attractiveness, wildness, and dashing nature, dominance, and his ability to flatter and woo the opposite sex. Many of these characteristics are opposite to those of Gabriel and Mr Boldwood, such as Troy being able to dominate women and control them. Also, Bathsheba is infatuated with Troy whereas she is not in love with Mr Boldwood or Gabriel. Bathsheba is also desperate not to lose Troy to another woman. She must marry Troy, to secure him. However, as the play progresses Bathsheba develops in maturity and sense, and eventually realizes that she has made the wrong decision in marrying Troy, and at the end of the novel marries Gabriel. Bathsheba's actions at the end of the novel depict how much she has changed for the better and how she has developed in sensibility and maturity, due to events that occur in her life. ?? ?? ?? ?? 5 1 ...read more.

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