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Themes Presented In Far From The Madding Crowd

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Introduction

Themes Presented In Far From The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy was born on 2nd June 1840 in Higher Bockampton, Dorset. His father was a builder and mason and his mother a former servant was a well read intelligent woman with a strong personality. Hardy was impressionable from a young age and as a country boy was surrounded by the traditional aspects of rural life with it's superstitions, folk lore, culture and past times. In 1856 Hardy worked with an architect and continued his studies under the guidance of a parish rector. This friendship has been thought to affect to the tone of "Far From The Madding Crowd". The book was published in 1874 and is one of his most well-known novels. His unique style is never more apparent in this novel with the focus on relationships in a rural community. In this essay I will be discussing the power of love as it is portrayed in "Far From The Madding Crowd". I will be discussing different aspects of love and themes which affect the key theme love in the novel. These themes include character and developement, atmosphere, language and authorial intrusions. From the start of the novel it is noted that Bathsheba is a very vain and unconventional character. ...read more.

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Overhears them and becomes angry. This is the point where she realises she loves him but may not like him. This brings tension to the novel and worries to Bathsheba's mind. This is obvious when Batsheba says to Liddy "I suppose you only agree with me like that to please me. But Liddy, he cannot be bad, as is said. Do you hear?" Language is used throughout the novel to reflect both the times and the feelings of the characters. The nature and power of flattery has a huge part in the path love takes in this novel. Troy uses flattery on Bathsheba from when he very first meets her. It is what Bathsheba lives by and eventually mistakes for love. Hence the saying "live by the sword, die by the sword". Hardy's style uses vivid and evocative words. Where there is movement he puts it into verbs and when there is stillness he puts it into adjectives. He also uses the description of wind and nature to reflect the tumultous emotion to follow later in the novel. An example of this is "The air changed it's temperature and stirred itself more vigorously. Cool breezes coursed in tranparent eddies round Oaks face. The wind shifted yet a point or two and blew stronger". ...read more.

Conclusion

Throughout the novel Hardy presents a negative and sinister view of love. We are presented with a fictional world where characters seem to get what they deserve. The final question which Hardy leaves us with is whether Bathsheba gets what she deserves. Hardy ended the novel in two ways, as a sad end for Bathsheba and a happy end for Oak. Love is potrayed very powefully in "Far From The Madding Crowd". The whole novel is based around the power of love and the main characters lives revolve around it. Hardy uses many different devices to show the power of love which I have used to show the power of love. Hardy uses peoples characters through the novel to show their feelings and reactions brought on by love. He uses atmosphere throughout the novel to potray the mood and set the scene to help show love in it's different aspects. Hardy uses language also throughout the novel to reflect both the times and the feelings of characters. Hardy also uses authorial intrusions to give opinions of characters through the story. All these topics help show the importance and power of love in "Far From The Madding Crowd". The story takes place in rural part of England at the end of 19th century. Beautiful country and good description of many people peacefully living there are great background for a love story. ...read more.

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