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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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