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What is the significance of the character, Fanny Robin in the novel "Far From the Madding Crowd?"

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What is the significance of the character, Fanny Robin in the novel "Far From the Madding Crowd?" Thomas Hardy has aimed to make a sub plot which is based on the main characters surrounding Fanny Robin and the events she causes, Fanny is actually a minor character in the novel but the question "What is the significance of the character, Fanny Robin in the novel Far From the Madding Crowd?" is asking how important Fanny Robin is in the novel and why she is in the novel. Also I believe that Hardy has put the character Fanny Robin in the novel to cause tension and irony between the main characters and Fanny Robin, Hardy uses this novel to make a form of entertainment as well as sending a message about the way 19th century men treat working class women. More to the point is for me to describe the significance of Fanny Robin. I can see that from Fanny's surname that hardy wanted to create connotations to her surname and this was just the simplicity of her character. Robin gives an idea of an animal that is small, fragile and beautiful but is also vulnerable and timid. I can see that this tends to be true from when the novel is read further. Fanny Robin's first role in the novel is to let Hardy create a feeling of suspense and tension for the reader in some sections of the plot. ...read more.

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The evidence of this point comes from the language Hardy chooses for Troy in each instance. When Troy first meets Robin, he calls her "foolish" and states "you." However, when he first met Bathsheba he called her names like 'lady' and 'miss.' The way that Troy treats Fanny after his relationship with Bathsheba shows that in retrospect, Troy did in some ways love Fanny. Ironically, we see this the most after Fanny's death when Troy gets a tombstone for Fanny and plants flowers on her grave, but the fact that the water from the gargoyle could wash away the flowers so easily, could signify how fickle Troy is and how easily his affections for Fanny were also 'washed away'. Earlier on in the novel when Fanny comes to see Troy at the barracks, Troy does not realise that it is Fanny, his fianc� standing outside his window: "5What girl are you?", He "6doesn't quite recollect" that he promised Fanny they would marry, even though he said lots of times that he would marry her. This shows how he doesn't think of the penalty of his words. Fanny's terrible relationship with Troy could have been used to predict the consequences of his relationship with Bathsheba. Similarly, the fact that in the few times that Fanny appears in the novel, she is in a gloomy and dreary atmosphere which was dooming her to death with descriptions like "7A heavy unbroken crust of cloud stretched across the sky, shutting out every speck of heaven;". ...read more.

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Fanny Robin has a minor role in the novel 'Far From the Madding Crowd' however the sense cannot be said about the significance of the character Fanny Robin. The reason for why Hardy introduced this character is to have impact on various main characters. She is a pivot in the novel and she causes the main key storyline changes. Yet she has a deeper role in the novel as a symbol for Hardy's statement about the 19th century men and how they treated the working class girls. It is only when the question "What is the significance of the character, Fanny Robin in the novel "Far From the Madding Crowd?" is viewed from a variety of angles that there is a true answer presented. If Fanny were not in the novel, it would be more difficult for Hardy to emphasise the discrimination against women at the time, as well as creating tension and suspense in the plot and highlighting the true nature of other characters, especially Troy. Therefore, a reader would not be as aware of the irony surrounding her role and so would not realise how her presence in the novel helped Hardy to show all these parts. 1 Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd Penguin Publications, 1985, (Page 135) 2 Ibid, (Page 54 - 55) 3 Ibid, (Page 336) 4 Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd Penguin Publications, 1985, (Page 366) 5 Ibid, (Page 137) 6 Ibid, (Page 137) 7 Ibid, (Page 322 ) 1 Jordan Daniels 11.5 Matthew Moss high School ...read more.

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