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The strengths and weaknesses of Bathsheba.

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The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Bathsheba Throughout the course of 'Far From The Madding Crowd', Bathsheba undergoes multiple changes in her character, radically changing her behaviour and overturning her personality during her increasingly turbulent life. While Bathsheba has many good qualities and pleasant aspects to her character, she also possesses a number of weaknesses that dramatically affect her life. One of Bathsheba's most notable strengths is her courage. It is this bravery coupled with Bathsheba's quickthinking, that enables her to save Gabriel Oak' life. Having realised that Oak has left the ventilation holes in his hut closed along with his door, and knowing that the outcome would be Gabriel's suffocation, Bathsheba saves Oak. After she has dragged him outside and revived him, Oak asks Bathsheba her name. Flirtingly she challenges Oak to find out for himself. This in itself is Bathsheba's central weakness and brings about terrible consequences throughout her life: immaturity. In a way the book revolves around Bathsheba's immaturity and its price, and how Bathsheba overthrows her irresponsible nature when she finally grows up. ...read more.

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While Bathsheba's pride and vanity in her beauty are certainly justified as she is endowed with good looks, her beauty seems to be a mixed blessing when it attracts disagreeable suitors. Other attributes that draw Bathsheba into precarious positions are her stubbornness and her determination to achieve independence. Upon catching her bailiff stealing, she instantly dismisses him, assuming total managerial control over her farm. This reveals yet another of her weaknesses-impulsiveness. Instantly firing her bailiff, Gabriel Oak (twice!), and agreeing to marry Troy on the spot, are all examples of Bathseba's impulsive character. Her refusal to seem weak or undignified is brave but she relies too little upon the one man whom she can trust - Gabriel Oak. Bathsheba's vanity is by far her greatest shortcoming, placing her in emotionally perilous situations. It was a direct result of her vanity, coupled with her impetuous nature, which convinced Bathsheba to send Boldwood an anonymous valentine's card. While at the farmer's market everyman (for all save her were men) stared longingly at her, with the exception of Farmer Boldwood. ...read more.

Conclusion

Arguing with Troy continuously and feeling a rift between them widening over Fanny, Troy's discarded yet ever faithful lover, Bathsheba never reconciles with Troy before he disappears and is killed. On account of her pride, Bathsheba finds herself in awkward positions and makes mistakes because of it. When proposing to her with his 'superfluous moiety of honesty' Gabriel foolishly admits that he always thought that marrying a rich woman would be smarter than marrying Bathsheba, who takes offence, her pride wounded, ending Gabriel's chance of marrying her at first. Bathsheba's also moves Bathsheba to sack Oak, feeling that he is criticizing her behaviour towards Boldwood. It is the more so offensive to her because she knows that Gabriel is speaking the truth. However regardless of her many faults, Bathsheba turns out very different near the end of the book, purging herself of her pride and vanity upon realising her love for Gabriel Oak which makes passion seem as 'evanescent as steam'. Bathsheba matures at the end leaving behind her image as a flighty young woman. Despite her shortcomings, Bathsheba's courage, kindliness and final realization of her true feelings make up for any weaknesses. ...read more.

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