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The book 'Far from the madding Crowd' is about a young woman, Bathsheba, who experiences many types of relationships.

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Literacy Essay - Year 10 Coursework The book 'Far from the madding Crowd' is about a young woman, Bathsheba, who experiences many types of relationships. As a result of this she eventually falls in love for the first time with Gabriel Oak, a fellow farmer, at the end of the novel. Hardy chooses to raise many other issues, apart from love, within the storyline including the stereotypical roles of men and women of that time. The social situation of Hardy's time was one of severe male dominance. Women had no power or control over anyone or anything, least of all themselves! They were made to feel worthless as a result of being abused and manipulated to think that they were dependant on the man. Women were not untitled to a realistic education therefore they were unable to work in such highly paid professions as the males. I feel this would of made the women of the time even more dependant on the male as it was a mere impossibility for a woman to live a 'normal' wealthy life without the male role bringing money into the family. When it came down to marriage women were referred to as 'things.' They were not allowed a say about who they were to marry and also what social class they were marring into. ...read more.


Oddly enough Bathsheba is changing throughout the novel. I state this because of the difference in character of the young farmer from her meeting with Oak and her romantic and somewhat magical meeting with Troy. For instance when Oak and his true love first set eyes upon one another the setting was one of dullness because the meeting commenced at Bathsheba's everyday household " the cottage." However when Troy and Bathsheba arrived "hitched" together the setting was in the woods at night. This made the atmosphere mysterious, which added to the romance. This feeling of mystery makes the meeting instantly flirtatious, as there is a sense of Troy being the predator and Bathsheba being the victim. Especially in this chapter, Hardy employs the technique of fate as he fails to make Oak present. If Oak was to appear on the scene then both Troy's and Bathsheba's fates would not of been one of love as Gabriel (as the name suggests) would of intervened when Troy was acting wrongly for a man, for instance fondling near females ankles "His unravelling went on." From the very first moment the couple speak Troy starts a game of wit with Bathsheba as he primarily refers to her as being a mate "Have I hurt you mate." ...read more.


In chapter twenty-four Bathsheba is being teased whereas constantly Bathsheba has been the teaser. This is shown when she sends the false proposal in a card to Mr. Boldwood. Bathsheba's immaturity was highlighted yet around Troy she acts like a timid and upstanding lady, again another difference. Also Bathsheba usually dominates the relationship clearly because of her authority, but with Troy she is being controlled. This makes Bathsheba uncomfortable but excited because she has never felt passion like this with any other man. In spite of all the emotion she was feeling towards Troy, their marriage did not work. I personally feel Bathsheba did not fully love Troy she just felt huge amounts of passion and because this was new she thought it was the best thing that could of happened to her. True love at that time was meant to last forever whereas passion drifted away extremely rapidly. Once the passion had gone Bathsheba was no longer interested in what Troy had to offer. I feel this changed her. She now knew to follow her heart not her mind and she also realised that passion was temporary but love was amazingly real. When she realised this she married Oak. Again Hardy's implications of fate are used. The audience really knew Bathsheba and Oak were meant for one another. This made the book very enjoyable because it was a question of when Bathsheba knew this! ...read more.

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