• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How Does Thomas Hardy suggest that this is a Moment of Transformation for Bathsheba Everdene?

Extracts from this document...


How Does Thomas Hardy suggest that this is a Moment of Transformation for Bathsheba Everdene? Thomas Hardy is able to suggest to us that this is a moment of transformation for Bathsheba Everdene, due to a number of factors. Thomas Hardy uses both the elements as well as the actions of Sergeant Troy to help us understand the reasons behind Bathsheba's transformation and the way in which it comes about. Thomas Hardy uses the setting of Bathsheba and Troy's meeting to its full potential. Bathsheba goes to meet the sergeant at the bottom of a pit, which has a saucer like shape and is 'naturally formed, with a top diameter of about thirty feet'. There are ferns growing all over the hills near by, but at the bottom of the slope into the pit the ferns cease to grow and instead there is a 'thick flossy carpet of moss and grass intermingled'. The ferns play an essential part in the transformation of Bathsheba, and we are almost immediately introduced to their role within the chapter. The ferns are personified in a way that allows them to share some of Bathsheba's soft, sensual qualities. The ferns are described as 'radiant' and 'diaphanous', and the way in which 'their soft, feathery arms' caress Bathsheba as she makes her way through them informs the reader that this chapter will be one of seduction. ...read more.


The idea that this chapter is in possible ways acted out as if part of a play, can be verified. The way in which Troy seems to acting out a 'play-fight' could lead us to the idea that the gathering is just part of game which he plays in order to seduce women. And it seems that it as if he this is not the first time in which he has used this method as a way of charming young women. He most likely used this method as a way of alluring Fanny Robin. He moves so fast, and knows exactly what he wants will happen next because he doesn't give the lady a chance to think or interrupt his performance. He is extremely skilled and we are frequently reminded of this skill by the way in which he handles the sword and at the same time moves so fast. Almost as if to plan, Bathsheba loses her control over what is happening because of he moves 'as quick as electricity'. Troy uses his speed and skill as magic in order to enchant her and so therefore having the chance to 'keenly measuring her breadth and outline'. Troy knows exactly want he wants and is almost conspicuous in achieving this, he even lies to accomplish his necessitate. ...read more.


We learn that she is not as strong and fearless as we thought, when She cries out in affright, and we also see her 'adventurous spirit beginning to find some grains of relish'. The physical contact that Troy relentlessly allows shows us how inexperienced and na�ve Bathsheba is. The physical contact is unusual for Bathsheba (and is unlike anything she has had with either of her past suitors) makes her even more aware of his masculinity and possible intentions, and this is a new experience for her. The whole episode is a new experience fro Bathsheba and this makes her exploratory character enlivened with excitement. The fact that she is so effectively in danger, she finds it enthralling, fun and wild, predominantly because this is her first real affair, and her first kiss. We are kept in a large amount of suspense over the kiss, and the effects which the kiss have Bathsheba are immense, Her blood beats, and she feels powerless, and has many mixed emotions. She even cries and is unsure if what she has committed a sin. As one can see Bathsheba has changed a great deal during this encounter with Troy. She has had her world turned upside and feels very confused, and her strong unemotional barrier has been broken, she has fallen into the enchantment of a man, and is totally lost. This meeting will affect her forever more, and is a major incident of the novel. Nicki Hewitt-Stubbs ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Far From the Madding Crowd section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Far From the Madding Crowd essays

  1. Trace the development of Bathsheba Everdene

    Soon after this, Bathsheba and Troy see a young woman on the road asking for money. Bathsheba is not aware who this woman is, but after Troy gets a closer look he realises that it is Fanny Robins. Becoming aware of the fact that Troy has gone and got married she asks him for money.

  2. Trace the development of Bathsheba Everdene throughout the course of the novel.

    Troy insists on getting the workers even drunk and sends the woman off to bed. Bathsheba soon realises that she has made a mistake marrying Troy as she sees Oak outside, trying to keep her farm together with her husband inside getting drunk.

  1. Thomas Hardy wrote the characters of Bathsheba Everdene and Fanny Robin with specific attributes ...

    Fanny's letter). In other situations Fanny was not as respectable, for instance, she pushed Troy until he finally set a date for their wedding, instead of waiting for him to make his choice. Bathsheba also defies convention when she doesn't thank Gabriel for paying her toll.

  2. The Development of Bathsheba Everdene Throughout the Course of the Novel Far From The ...

    Bathsheba is too sympathetic at this point by giving Boldwood just the tiniest bit of hope. Bathsheba allows him to do this because she feels so responsible but this will make Boldwood love her much more. Oak and Bathsheba have a strong and constant relationship unlike her attachment to Boldwood.

  1. What techniques does Thomas Hardy use to make this story seem like a 'true' ...

    there seemed to be something clammy in the air, as if a cellar door were open by your elbow". These properties of William are very much 'real' in our normal day-to-day lives, as we all appear to experience such events.

  2. In The Withered Arm how does Thomas Hardy present the characters of Rhoda and ...

    Rhoda's enquiries about Gertrude reveals an obsession with Farmer Lodge that appears to be eating away at her - her gaunt appearance is entirely in keeping with her being consumed by her earlier experiences. In light of Farmer Lodge's obvious rejection of her, and his failure to assume any responsibility

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work