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In the novel 'far from the madding crowd' we see many different kinds of love which Thomas Hardy portrays I great detail, he shows us how love makes people react for the good or bad.

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In the novel 'far from the madding crowd' we see many different kinds of love which Thomas Hardy portrays I great detail, he shows us how love makes people react for the good or bad. The first love we see is Troy's true, unselfish love for Fanny; we next see Gabriel's pure, unselfish and absolute love for Bathsheba, Boldwoods obsessional love for Bathsheba, and Bathsheba's infatuation with Troy then we see Troy's superficial, selfish and seductive love towards Bathsheba. Lastly we see Bathsheba's love for Gabriel, which is practical and realistic. Troy's love for Bathsheba is superficial, it isn't true and we see this in his actions towards her. Troy dominates Bathsheba both physically and verbally, 'But I've never seen a woman so beautiful as you before, take it or leave it, be offended or like it - I don't care.' Here Troy is saying that he doesn't care whether she likes what he is saying or not but he only says this because he wants her to be flattered by him. He then goes on to say, '. . . I wish it had been the knot of knots, which there is no untying!' Troy here is saying that he wishes it was marriage tying them together rather than their clothing, which again flatters her more. 'Troy was a man to whom memories were an incumbrance, and anticipations a superfluity . . . With him the past was yesterday; the future, to-morrow; never, the day after.' Troy only lives for the moment; he only cares about what is in front of his eyes. Troy doesn't think about the consequences of his actions and he doesn't particularly care, if people don't like him it's their loss. Troy could easily talk of one thing and think another, 'He could in this way be one thing and seem another; for instance, he could speak of love and think of dinner; call on the husband to look at the wife; be eager to pay and intend to owe.' ...read more.

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'Her love was entire as a child's, and though warm as summer it was as fresh as spring.' This shows that Bathsheba loves Troy greatly and it is as pure and real as a child's. She puts Troy's faults aside because they are deeply hidden underneath his attractive, flattering exterior, 'Troy's deformities lay deep down from a woman's vision, whilst his embellishments were upon the very surfaced.' This means that only Troy's charisma and charm are present to a woman's eye and his selfish, lying personality stays below the surface. Bathsheba over hears her maids talking about her and Troy, they were discussing what would happen if Troy and Bathsheba got married, 'if he marry her, she'll gie up farming.' After she listens for a short length of time out side the door, she then walks in and asks who they were talking about, there was a pause but then one of the maids replies with, 'what was passing was a bit of a word about your self, miss.' Bathsheba then jumps back with, 'I thought so! Maryann and Liddy and Temperance - now I forbid you to suppose such things. You know I don't care the least for Troy - not I. Everybody knows how much I hate him - yes,' Liddy, Maryann now start to agree with her and say that they hate him too, then she snaps, 'Maryann - O you perjured woman! How can you speak that wicked story!' She goes on to say you were saying how admired him this morning and now you don't like him. Her maid then calls Troy a wild scamp. Bathsheba takes offence at this and again snaps at her maids, 'He's not a wild scamp! How dare you to my face! I have no right to hate him, nor you, nor anybody. But I am a silly woman! . . .' she continues defending him and criticising her and her maids. ...read more.

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When Bathsheba needs Gabriel to help her with the swollen sheep she sends him a note saying, 'don't desert me Gabriel' which plays on his feelings. When Gabriel tells Bathsheba that he will be leaving for California she begs him to stay because she will not only be loosing her 'super intendent' but the man for whom she holds a personal regard for. Bathsheba does not marry with the passion and excitement that she did with Troy but she has an affectionate regard for Gabriel and a feeling of absolute security. She has suffered the betrayals of love and now looks at a man of strength and fidelity. Bathsheba and Gabriel shared experiences and memories for a long while before any of the other characters. Gabriel's true, unselfish and loyal personality finally pays off for him. ''Leaving England!' She said, in surprise and genuine disappointment. 'Why, Gabriel, what are you going to do that for?' This quote shows us that she really is upset when she finds out Gabriel will be leaving. She knows if he leaves she will never see him again and is really affected by this. 'Yet now that I am more hopeless than ever, you go away!' here she is saying that Gabriel is leaving when she needs him most, here she admits she is hopeless, which is not like her she usually is level headed and independent and if not she'll pretend she is. She does not want to seem defeated but she trusts Gabriel and has been through a lot with him, so she can tell him honestly how she feels. '. . . Here's long life and happiness to neighbour Oak and his comely bride.' This shows that their neighbours approve of their marriage and are generally happy for them. He and Bathsheba go through a lot together, they share tragedy's, happiness and death, Bathsheba realises she loves Gabriel a long while after they meet but she tells him before its too late. Stephanie Comby ...read more.

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