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Trace the development of Bathsheba Everdene throughout the course of the novel.

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Trace the development of Bathsheba Everdene throughout the course of the novel. "Far from the Madding Crowd", by Thomas Hardy is about an immature nineteen-year-old girl called Bathsheba Everdene; she has difficulties throughout the novel. She has some good and bad experiences. These are with three different characters. In the beginning of the novel Bathsheba is vain, insensitive, egocentric and stubborn. She gradually develops through the novel as she becomes less vain, stubborn, insensitive, and egocentric and becomes more confident, caring and more determined to make her farm work, this shows how her character changes as she looks at the bad things that have happened in her life and tries to put them right. As she progresses through the novel her responsibilities become more demanding. These roles make her an independent and successful lady. She also becomes more sensitive and responsible towards men. Bathsheba 'major fault' is an immature and vain young nineteen-year-old woman. Bathsheba is unaware of her own actions as she leads men on without knowing. A way in which this can be shown is the fact that she is aware of Oak having feelings for her but despite this she lead him on. She shows this when Oak asks her to marry him, but she doesn't like the idea of it until he mentions that she will get publicity. Oak suggests that he would publish their marriage in the wedding section in the public newspaper and she goes along with ...read more.

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"No, tis no use, I don't want to marry you" He confronts her at the sheep dipping and the sheep shearing, where Oak is around and feels upset. "Poor Gabriel's soul was fed with a luxury of content by having her over him, her eyes critically regarding his skilful stoats" She likes the attention from men and can be very sensitive towards Oak and other men. Bathsheba shows this when she starts flirting with Oak and shows mixed feelings towards him. She does this at the sharpening of shears and asks Oak about things she never thought Bathsheba would ask. Bathsheba doesn't care about Oak's feelings and is confusing herself as well as Oak. She also shows mixed feelings towards Oak soon after she asks him for help, after asking him to leave the farm for helping her. One sign of maturity is shown when she has to swallow he pride and ask Oak for help after more than half of her sheep had entered the field. She had to call Oak to help her, as there was no one else who knew how to release the gas out of the sheep's stomach. This shows she cares about her business. Having the farm has made Bathsheba more independent and mature as she is taking control and standing up for her. She is also determined. ...read more.

Conclusion

Boldwood shoot as he sees that Bathsheba did not want leave Troy. Bathsheba is confused and upset, as she believed that her husband was dead. Boldwood is on trial for the death of Francis Troy. Bathsheba could not handle the guilt as she drove Boldwood into insanity. This instantly is shown as he has prepared approximately fifty gifts all labelled to Bathsheba in six years time. In conclusion Bathsheba emotions change, as she knows that Oak will be leaving. "Leaving England, Why Gabriel, what are you going to do that for?" This news shows that this is the worst time she has had as Oak has been there for her through everything. She has had mixed feelings foe three different men which make her grow. She soon realises that she is in love with him; her love for him makes her grow and become very mature near the end of the novel. Bathsheba marries Oak as she realises that he is the right man for her and will be able to tame her and be there for her. Each of the three men helped he develop and become a more confident and responsible lady. Though the whole of the whole of the novel Bathsheba had problems and she managed to resolve them, which made her a better character. Priti Tapariya 10SW English Essay Mrs Lambert ...read more.

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