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Far From the Madding Crowd Assignment

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Far From the Madding Crowd Assignment Far From the Madding Crowd is a Victorian novel set in the late eighteen hundreds. The story is set on a small farm in Weatherbury, on which many of the main characters live, work and interact with each other. The main focus of this essay is on the events which occur between chapters thirty six and thirty eight. During these chapters, a storm breaks out which threatens to destroy the harvest and bankrupt the farm. These events take place in August during the harvest time whilst the weather is dry and sultry. Hardy has placed the event of the storm as a build up to the climax of the entire novel. In which Boldwood murders Troy in a rage of anger. The storm adds to the build up and tension by reinforcing the reader's hatred towards Troy. It allows the reader to experience how selfish and shallow he can be, and the fact that he is willing to exploit the welfare of his farm, his men and himself just to have a good time. Troy had organised a party in the barn to celebrate the harvest with the others on the farm, he also announces that him and Bathsheba are to be married and the party turns out to be a wedding celebration. ...read more.

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I believe that had Troy been sober and conscious at the time of the storm, he still would not have felt himself responsible to save and secure any of the produce; it would have been someone else's problem. Gabriel leaves the barn and returns home where he goes straight to his room to sit and meditate so that he can try and clear his mind of Troy and the other men; this also allows him to have some time to himself. Gabriel never really liked Troy, as he was able to win the woman that he loved without loving her in return. He feels as though Troy may have used Bathsheba to take over the farm. By meditating he allows himself to escape Troy's world and to return to being himself. The only reason that the men stay at Troy's party is because they want to make a good impression and also to ensure a winter's work. Had any man refused to stay and get drunk with Troy, they would most likely have lost their jobs, and would be stuck through the winter. Had Bathsheba, Gabriel or Boldwood held the party, the men would have been free to come and go as they pleased, without the risk of losing their jobs or fear of letting anyone down. This all goes to show the kind of person that Troy is, the way that he is very conceited and feels that he has the authority to push people around as he is better than them. ...read more.

Conclusion

Gabriel Oak, the most respected and caring of the land, has the trust of the whole farm, the reader and nature. Bathsheba, a caring and devoted businesswoman, is only looking for the opportunity to manage her own farm and to look after the crops. She is again liked by all and obsessed by Boldwood, in the end she too prevails as she ends up in love with a man who truly cares for her, her feelings and the farm. Boldwood, a very mature and experienced farmer who cares dearly for his farm, is lead astray by a joke valentine's, after he discovers that Bathsheba sent the card he becomes obsessed with her and loses all care for his farm and land. Troy, an untrustworthy, lying, selfish and conceited soldier who only has time for himself ends up in the worst possible position, he has no love for the land and does not even care about the farm, he is hated by almost all of the characters and eventually by his own wife. At the end of the novel his sinful lifestyle takes its toll as he is brutally murdered by Boldwood. Boldwood who lost what little devotion he had also ends up dead, though his ending does not come as a result of a sinful life, but an obsession that drove him to madness, and finally to the grave. ?? ?? ?? ?? James Collins 10Sw/Bg ...read more.

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