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The Development of Bathsheba Everdene Throughout the Course of the Novel Far From The Madding Crowd By Thomas Hardy.

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Kumar Shah The Development of Bathsheba Everdene Throughout the Course of the Novel Far From The Madding Crowd By Thomas Hardy At the beginning of the novel Bathsheba is living with her aunt at the age of nineteen. She is very vain as she looks at a mirror on top of her wagon. " She blushed at herself, and seeing her reflection blush, blushed the more." This shows that Bathsheba Everdene is very vain. She is gazing into the mirror not to adjust the way she looks but admire herself. Her vanity makes her egocentric at this stage she is far more interested in herself than others. At the beginning she is also very insensitive towards other people's feelings: "She might have looked her thanks to Gabriel on a minute scale, but she did not speak to them." Farmer Oak has just set eyes on Bathsheba and has offered to pay the toll, and goes on to do so. Bathsheba does not thank Oak, who to her is a complete stranger at this point in the story. This shows that she in insensitive to other people's feelings. Oak's gesture of kindness has literally been thrown back by Bathshebas' insensitivity and rudeness. When Oak went to return her hat to her she was also insensitive by returning Oak's kindness in showing her bad mood just because Oak admitted to see her riding the horse. Bathsheba needs to develop in showing appreciation to others when they are kind to her. ...read more.

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That will do, exclaimed Bathsheba. Loose my hand. I won't have them held! Turn the winch." Oak and Bathsheba are working well along side each other. They usually do have these private talks, which adds to their relationship. This shows that attention is given both ways (it's received and give). Oak holds her hands to show her how to sheer; Oak does this to show her how to sheer and to show his feelings. Bathsheba knows thins and blocks it out at once. She does not love Farmer Oak and knows her responsibility as the mistress of her farm. She also cannot handle emotion or awkwardness, showing that her immaturity is still here. She can stop Oak and that is enough, but is unable to do so with Farmer Boldwood. This shows that she can now handle somethings, showing that she is maturing, but is not consistent. Bathsheba has too much pride and this she needs to learn to swallow. She has so much as she has to manage the farm and has men chasing her. Here is proof of her pride: "Did the men think it odd? She said again. Odd was not the idea miss. What did they say? That Farmer Boldwood and your name were likely to be flung over pulpit together before the year was out. I thought so by the look of them! Why there's nothing in it. A more foolish remark was never made, and I want you to contradict it: that's what I came for. ...read more.

Conclusion

She is thinking about Boldwoods state of mind. She is now learning to think of others and being less selfish, which shows her maturity. In the next scenes Bathsheba handles all the traumatic problems that are thrown at her in dignified manor, this shows her development from immaturity to maturity. Troy shows up. Bathsheba will not be able to marry Boldwood any more; Boldwood knows this and shoots Troy. Oak then asks Boldwood to plead insanity to allow Boldwood to be kept alive. This is so that Bathsheba does not lose her sanity. After the entire trauma she has had to cope with. Oak is there again as he has been there so many times throughout the novel guiding Bathsheba and making her life better. Bathsheba has got on with her life and is managing well until her life and is managing well until Oak decides to leave. Bathsheba then hurries to his house and then asks Oak to marry her. Oak accepts and stays in England. Bathsheba has grown into an adult throughout the course of the novel. She started out as an insensitive flirtatious girl. Her independence and willingness to remain headstrong allowed a success in her farm. She became sensitive after she had learnt from her suffering and thought more about her actions. She has become less arrogant and impulsive. Bathsheba has found out what true love is, in the end she has made a sensible and good choice in Oak for she can see that he cares for her emotionally and selflessly unlike Troy who wanted to dominate and Boldwood who wanted to possess. ...read more.

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