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Of the Three Suitors, Which Do You Think Would Be the Most Suitable To Marry Bathsheba?

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Of the three suitors, which do you think would be the most suitable to marry Bathsheba? In this piece of Coursework I will aim to discover which of Bathsheba's three suitors was the most suitable to marry her, up to chapter 43. At the start of the novel Bathsheba was a woman who was very much in control of her life. She was a strong-minded person; she knew what she wanted. No one could really take control over her - especially a man. She liked to know what was going to happen next, it's almost as if she didn't like surprises, she didn't like to take chances. By being in control of her future it meant she would know what was round the corner. She also cared a lot about the way she looked - she was quite vain. For instance, when she arrived in Norcombe Hill and had to stop for a piece of furniture that had fallen off the wagon she checked herself in the mirror. Oak immediately picked out this vanity in her. Gatekeeper "That's a handsome maid"... Oak "But she has her faults... Vanity." She liked to be looked at, she seemed to want people to look at her and when they did she wanted to look her best - maybe if Mr. Right turned up! She also seemed like a slightly cold person; she wouldn't let Oak get near her, she wouldn't even tell him her name even after she had rescued him from the fire. ...read more.


She found him to be mysterious and handsome. He was a challenge for her, a little game. It was something she could control, something she could enjoy doing. When it came to sending of the valentine's card the temptation of being able to play the game was too much, even though she hid this form Liddy. Liddy "Who for, miss?... Farmer Boldwood?..." It was the single name among all the possible wrong ones that just at that moment seemed to Bathsheba more pertinent than the right. "Well, no." She seemed to want to hide her feelings, almost in case she ended up getting hurt. She was still childish, she just wanted some fun and she didn't see how there would be any real harm in it. She did try to make sure Boldwood didn't end up receiving the valentine the valentine by trying to send it to Teddy Coggan. However, Liddy seemed to want to send it to Boldwood, she felt it would be quite funny how he would wonder about it! Bathsheba wanted to get his attention and this little game seemed like the perfect way to get it; especially as he ignored her most of the time, even when everyone else looked. Liddy "Did you notice Mr. Boldwood's doings in church this morning, miss?" Bathsheba "No... What did he do" Liddy "Didn't turn his head to look at you once all the service" Boldwood was a quiet character; he was quite secluded. ...read more.


She just let him carry on because of the words he used, the way he spoke, and he was a smooth talker - a ladies man. When he trying to untangle himself it took longer than it should have, it was like they were hooked on each other, or rather she was hooked on him! Troy was quite a scheming character really. He only really cared for himself and for fulfilling his sexual needs. He had no real feelings. One quote from the book describes this brilliantly, "for what Troy had in the way of emotion was an occasional fitful of sentiment which sometimes caused him as much inconvenience as emotions of a strong and healthy kind". He was a shallow person; he cared about what he could get out of life, not what he could give to others. He was only in it for himself. I feel that Oak was probably the best person for Bathsheba because he was the most stable. He was dependable, caring and would love her properly. Troy was purely in it for himself, for sex. Boldwood was driven on by a mad desire and passion that eventually drove him mad, plus he was too old for her, he was just a game in Bathsheba's life. He would have been too much of a 'sugar daddy' to her, she was like a monument to his success, and he'd go to any cost to keep her. Oak may not have been able to fulfill her 100% passionately, but her could fulfill all her other needs 110%. ...read more.

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