"Far From the Madding Crowd" - Show how Bathsheba changes through the novel.

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The novel “Far From the Madding Crowd” was set in Wessex. It was written in the 1870’s, but was set in the 1840’s.  The story in Wessex has been formed in a small rural village with small communities. People who look back on the Victorian times have different views. Firstly some people looked back longingly. They respected the way Victorians took pride in being British and that they also didn’t rely on the government for help. Yet, the other side was that people argue that workers were treated badly and they disliked their way of being stubborn. Also the way the poor and the rich were treated. In this time there were three set out-groups. The high class, the middle class and the working class. Bathsheba changes from working to high class, which would be respected. Hardy is showing life in a quiet area at the time, which still had its own dramas.

        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.

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        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 ...

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