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"Far From The Madding Crowd"

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"Far From The Madding Crowd" Nikki Robinson "Far from the Madding Crowd" is one of Hardy's most famous novels as it was published serially in Corn Hill Magazine in 1874. This won him widespread popularity as a writer and as you read the book you recognise that most of the chapters end leaving you in suspense. This keeps the readers buying the next issue of the magazine. This tale is set in a place called Wessex, a fictional place which is based on Dorset, as it was a place that Hardy new well. It is a novel based around romance, relationships and love. The story is based on 1 woman and 3 men but mainly Bathsheba Everdene, a young, vain lady and a loyal and devoted man called Gabriel Oak who is in love with her throughout the whole novel, although she doesn't love him till the closing stages. ...read more.


Gabriel is acting like Bathsheba's angel and man who saves her in times of trouble unlike Troy who over powers her thoughts on the consistent drinking. As readers we can see that Troy has not got Bathshebas best interests at heart. There is a sharp contrast between Gabriel and Troy. Gabriel knows farm life well and is very in tune with nature this is why he senses the storm). He works hard and is very loyal to Bathsheba unlike Troy who dismisses all work and attention to the natural world, is ignorant and selfish. The storm symbolises Troy's power over the laborious, Bathsheba and the people around him such as Fanny Robin. Bathsheba sees only the romantic side of Troy and is too blinded by this to see that having a husband used to farm work and some one that is loyal such as Gabriel is more valuable to her. ...read more.


He also uses light and colour to describe the bolts of lightning such as, "snakes of green" and "Blue fire". Gabriel feels so much for Bathsheba this moment that he is "almost blinded" by the storm and by the love he feels for her as she grips onto his arm for support. He finds it almost impossible to contain the love that he feels for her. As the storm clears Bathsheba asks Oak if her husband is among the drunks in the barn. At this point we see Gabriel try to protect her from hurt and disappointment in her husband. This shows us how important Bathsheba is to Gabriel, as he knows that Troy is defiantly in the barn with the other labourers in a drunken sleep. Bathsheba now relies on Oak and the conversation that goes on during this chapter is not one that farmers and farm workers would usually have. This shows us that Bathsheba does have some feelings for Oak although she says she doesn't love him. ...read more.

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