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Write about and compare 'Across the Barricades' (Post 1914 book) and 'Far from the Madding Crowd' as examples of conventional love stories.

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Stacey Barlow 5/2/02 Eng/Lit C/wk Task: Write about and compare 'Across the Barricades' (Post 1914 book) and 'Far from the Madding Crowd' as examples of conventional love stories Source: Class discussion of love stories and the texts named above Conditions: Home/School A conventional love story is a tale relating to love and the possible effects that this strong emotion can have. The basic plot is when a boy meets a girl and they fall in love. The middle of the story usually contains a problem or several obstacles that the couple encounters. A traditional love story concludes happily for the original two in love. Stories like these arouse your anticipation, expectation and emotions. I believe that the only true conventional love stories are fairy tales (containing the love genre). For example, Cinderella is a conventional love story. The basic plot adheres closely to that of a conventional love story. ...read more.


For example, instead of at the beginning two people falling in love, in this novel only one, Oak, actually has this emotion for the other, Bathsheba. As the book develops so does the relationship between Oak and Bathsheba but it is an outsider, Troy, who seduces Bathsheba away and causes many problems. Boldwood who also loves Bathsheba is another obstacle who comes between Oak and Bathsheba. Inevitably, Troy proves unworthy and the original two, Bathsheba and Oak, recognise the value of one another. They get married, but on the firm foundations of trust and friendship, not love. The complications of this story are involved mostly with Troy and Boldwood. It is the love from Oak for Bathsheba that is always certain throughout the novel, right from the beginning when he tells her - "I shall do one thing in this life- one thing certain- that is, love you, and long you, and keep wanting you till I die." ...read more.


I considered the title of the book to be a clue to the problem they faced and expected some sort of division between the two lovers. These expectations were proved correct once I had read the book, and I found this was quite dull. Love stories can vary from simple ones to more complex or adjusted ones. Conventional love stories are the simple tales, such as fairy tales and across the Barricades, that although are very easy to follow, are also very obvious. A more complicated story, such as Far from the Madding Crowd, which includes twists and unexpected events, is a more interesting and pleasant story. Conventional love stories are pleasing to the reader. The boy always gets the girl and they all live happily ever after. More complex and unconventional love stories reflect life more closely. They tell truthfully and candidly of the hurt and pain that love can cause and do not leave the reader wrapped snugly in the blanket of a perfect ending. Conventional love stories have their place, the truth is however that love hurts! ...read more.

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