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Several natural catastrophes happen over the course of the novel; the dogs driving the sheep off the cliff, the fire, the sheep feeding upon clover, the storm. What role do these events play with respect to the character of Gabriel?

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Several natural catastrophes happen over the course of the novel; the dogs driving the sheep off the cliff, the fire, the sheep feeding upon clover, the storm. What role do these events play with respect to the character of Gabriel? Set in Wessex, a fictional location in rural England, Far From the Madding Crowd is a nineteenth century novel, based around the character of Bathsheba Everdene, a young, bright woman who arrives in the village of Weatherbury, to work the dilapidated farm that is her inheritance from her uncle. She is a 'beautiful heroine', a youthful and vain woman who is attracted to Sergeant Troy and becomes infatuated with him; being of youth, good looks and possessing a sense of danger and excitement. Like many women in the human existence, she is utterly oblivious to the fact that is apparent: a hardworking, honest and trustworthy, local farmer, Gabriel Oak. He loves her dearly, but as in most, 'love/tragedy', scenarios she doesn't love him at all. In a particular situation, Bathsheba's "Thoughtless" actions consequence in a loan farmer, Mr Boldwood passionately falling for Bathsheba who, again loves her more than Troy but, a result to a tragic end, leaves her with one man. ...read more.


'Stop the draught under the wheat-Rick', 'Get a tarpaulin, quick', 'A ladder'. With quick thinking, Gabriel dominated this potentially, destructive situation, efficiently, calmly and in an authoritative manner. The fact that he had the ability and knowledge to retain the fire, displays his capability to lead, instruct and resolve through times of crisis. He was hired on Bathsheba's farm as a shepherd and slowly excelled and established his occupation again. Whether he decided to help control the fire because he didn't want someone else to experience the same kind of adversity he had experienced, is irrelevant because I believe that even if Gabriel was having the most prosperous day of his life, he would still have, 'Leaped over the fence', to be of some assistance. This is because Gabriel Oak is a caring understanding and thoughtful man and however complicated and terrible his situations are he is always willing to over exert himself for others. Another natural catastrophe occurs when Bathsheba's sheep fall extremely ill after eating clover. Prior to this accident, Bathsheba had gone to Gabriel to ask about the farm workers, rumouring on a marriage between her and Mr Boldwood as a reaction to a childish action. ...read more.


With his uttermost strength, he struggled to cover the hay-Ricks. Fighting against the wind and the cold he managed to do so. Bathsheba came out to find Gabriel trying to save the farm and she suddenly realised how contrasting he was as a man compared to Troy and that she had married the wrong man. 'Oh Gabriel, what to you do I owe my heart to?' After a challenging and restless night for Bathsheba and Gabriel, Morning was as calm as the morning sunrise and the farm was saved, once again, because of Gabriel's commitment. Concluding this essay, throughout the novel, Gabriel Oak has pulled through disastrous occasions. He is an admirable character and in an inspiration to a reader of adversity and destitution. At the end of the novel Gabriel is of a higher social class than he was before as he has taken over Boldwood's farm after his terrible fate ended in prison. Gabriel succeeds through life's testing obstacles when most would let certain situations take grasp of their sanity and hope, yet Gabriel somehow copes through everything. He is almost invincible but not when it comes to his heart. His love and generosity for Bathsheba grew and these testing times definitely brought them closer, although not immediately, so in the end, he got the girl and he unquestionably deserved her. ...read more.

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