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How far does each of the main characters deserve their fate?

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Essay How far does each of the main characters deserve their fate? This essay will be focusing on the four main characters vividly portrayed by Hardy. These consist of, the protagonist, Bathsheba Everdene, Gabriel Oak, Farmer Boldwood and Sergeant Troy. It will be exploring the strengths and weaknesses of each character. For some their weakness led to their downfall and for others, they were able to overcome weakness and build on their strengths. Firstly, there is Bathsheba Everdene, who at the beginning of the book is very stubborn and vain. This is shown at the turnpike when Oak pays for Bathsheba to pass through for which he receives no thanks. Further into the novel more traits of her character are revealed such as her determination and independence. These are shown when she takes on the running of her late uncle's farm competing with men in what is very much their world. Also she is shown to be quite courageous and brave, "she somewhat defiantly turned up her face to argue a point with a tall man". ...read more.

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Nobody takes any notice at first, but Oak still attempts to protect them himself. He is very hard-working, trustworthy and loyal which is shown when Bathsheba pleads with Oak to return after dismissing him when her sheep begin to die rapidly. He returns graciously as shown, "A mounted figure passed between her and the sky, and drew on towards the field of sheep, the rider turning his face in receding. Gabriel looked at her." This is an effective style of writing of Hardy, a poetic quality in his writing. Oak is frequently shown as a man at one with nature. At the end of the story Oak receives what he has wanted throughout the whole novel, Bathsheba. He truly deserves her for all the trouble and hard work he goes through for Bathsheba and her farm. A character who contrasts well with Oak is Farmer Boldwood, who at first, is a quite stern, proud and private man who has had not much luck with women. He can be quite sensitive as he was when he first saw Bathsheba after he had received the Valentines card, "his heart began to move within him". ...read more.

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Troy is also a confident man and gets on with other men. He can be truthful with men but quite dishonest with women. Most people put up with his actions as he charming which helps him get what he wants. At the end of the novel Sergeant Troy is murdered by Boldwood. He did not deserve this as his actions were not absolutely horrific but he did not deserve to have Bathsheba in any way if he would have lived. He was dishonest, cruel and tormented Boldwood greatly about Bathsheba which was unnecessary. Hardy throughout the novel is keen to put the message across that actions have consequences. He shows how physical attraction can be dangerous and cause individuals to neglect their duties to the community they live in. Those who suffer do so as a result of their actions. My conclusion is that Bathsheba, Farmer Boldwood and Sergeant Troy did not deserve their fate and that Gabriel Oak did as he worked the hardest and was a trustworthy, loyal and reliable person, which the other three characters were not. Paul Taylor 10L ...read more.

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