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Far From The Madding Crowd Essay Far from the madding crowd was written in 1873 by Thomas Hardy. It is a bright book of inspiration and possibility set in 1850s England, pre - industrialisation. Within the novel there are the major themes of love, power, marriage and fate. The book has many characters, ranging from the simple, one - dimensional Rustics to the multi faceted protagonists, all whom contrast dramatically. No writer has come close to being able to succeed Hardy's penetratingly original view of the English Countryside. The story is about three men, of very different personalities and backgrounds, who each fall in love with an independent and beautiful woman named Bathsheba. Each man ends up proposing to her, yet it seems she is destined to marry Gabriel Oak. Gabriel Oak is portrayed as a good and warm hearted countryman but we are shown that he can be cunning and is not afraid to stand up to Bathsheba. Also he is not, in my opinion, boring; he puts out fires, saves barns and does other heroic actions in the book such as curing Bathshebas sheep. He is the central character in Far From The Madding Crowd, and is the unconscious leader of the village people. ...read more.


Unknown to her, he was making secret wedding plans as if he was certain of what her decision would be, or perhaps his obsession with her would not allow there to be any other answer. When Troy finally returned that fateful night, Boldwood's desperation for Bathsheba caused him to reach for his shotgun, his mental instability clearly showing itself. After this, Boldwood was promptly arrested, charged with murder and sentenced to death, though this sentence was later quashed on the grounds of insanity. I think that Boldwood would have made a very good husband for Bathsheba if it were not for Troy's 'interfering' causing him to feel rejected and finally cause him to lose his sanity completely. Francis Troy was the third of the men to propose to Bathsheba. Troy lacks all understanding of time and exists in a brilliant immediacy which either dazzles people, or makes them suspicious of him. He siezes upon Fanny's unpunctuality as an excuse to abandon her at the altar and arrives in Bathshebas life instantaneously. He is central in the most exciting chapters of the book, 'The Hollow amid the Ferns' and 'Fanny's Revenge'. They are a dazzling display of literary prowess and present perfect symbolism and complete melodrama. ...read more.


In conclusion, it is obvious which one of these three male suitors was right for Bathsheba and that man is Gabriel Oak, who loved her genuinely, tenderly and patiently from the moment he first saw her to the very last line of the book. He had never given up on her, had never let her be harmed in anyway and always gave her advice which was sound and right, even if she refused to accept it. In the end, Bathsheba admitted to him that if he had only been more forward then he would have been he first choice if it had even come to that. Troy was obviously the worst possible husband for her because of his gambling, drinking and womanising vices, but mainly because he still loved Fanny Robin. Bathsheba had just been a passing fancy whom he quickly tired of. Boldwood's relationship with Bathsheba was much more genuine and acceptable at the start but tragically it became a fatal obsession for poor desperate Boldwood. Gabriel's relationship with her was a lengthy one, tried and tested, totally unselfish. Bathsheba was indeed very fortunate that Gabriel was patient enough to wait until she matured enough to recognise his good qualities. As in most good stories, the best man wins in the end. . ...read more.

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