Far from the madding crowd

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Far from the madding crowd

        In the early chapters of the book we discover positive and negative sides of Bathshebas character. Firstly when Bathsheba at first comes in she is wearing red, this shows evil or danger. She argues with the tollgate because she doesn’t want to pay, this shows what kind of character she is. Bathsheba gets annoyed that Gabriel paid the money for her, she wanted to get her own way and not pay. When they first speak Gabriel calls her vein, she does not reply which signifies that it could be true.  

         Fortunes change around with Bathsheba, and Gabriel. He loses all of his sheep and becomes unemployed. While at the same time Bathsheba’s fortunes get better when she inherits a farm off her uncle. However they meet again when Gabriel saves Bathsheba’s hey Rick’s, when Boldwood gets all the workmen drunk and a storm starts.

        Bathsheba is good at running the farm as she shows no sign of lack of control, this shows her independence. She becomes sexually attracted to Boldwood and he becomes attracted to her. From this Bathsheba sends him a valentines card. She did not think, she doesn’t even know Boldwood and she sends him a card, his reaction might repel to what she thinks. And so it does, he thinks that she is interested and starts thinking emotionally.

        Fanny Robin is compared to Bathsheba. They were both poor and beautiful. But as from general knowledge of Hardy, he has a theory that they both are on a line of decision. They are both going through life but Bathsheba gets the good luck by gaining the farm. However Fanny loses and in the end dies. Fanny becomes a servant and Bathsheba becomes the new owner of a farm. It may be because of Fannys early life stages (being an orphan), that she is very sensitive and secretive in the way she expresses her self. Fanny Robin is a contrast throughout the novel. This is called Juxtaposition; it’s used by Hardy to show the strengths of Bathsheba’s character and the effects of fate, (good/bad luck).

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        In the central chapters Bathsheba is faced with a disaster. Her sheep had run into a clover field and could have died if not treated. She becomes quickly angry and suggests her men are fools. This shows us that when something bad happens she instantaneously blames someone else. She does not stop and think whether it could be her wrong doing that has caused such a thing. She becomes helpless and quickly relies on someone else who suggests a way to save them. However when she finds out how, her selfishness kicks in, as she did not want Gabriel near ...

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