"Far From The Madding Crowd"

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“Far From The Madding Crowd”                                       Nikki Robinson

“Far from the Madding Crowd” is one of Hardy’s most famous novels as it was published serially in Corn Hill Magazine in 1874. This won him widespread popularity as a writer and as you read the book you recognise that most of the chapters end leaving you in suspense. This keeps the readers buying the next issue of the magazine. This tale is set in a place called Wessex, a fictional place which is based on Dorset, as it was a place that Hardy new well. It is a novel based around romance, relationships and love. The story is based on 1 woman and 3 men but mainly Bathsheba Everdene, a young, vain lady and a loyal and devoted man called Gabriel Oak who is in love with her throughout the whole novel, although she doesn’t love him till the closing stages. I am going to look at one of the key scenes (chapter 36) in which at this point of the novel Bathsheba is married to a young, selfish sergeant called Troy. Oak is working on her farm and is still very much in love with her still.

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“The storm – The Two Together” shows us how much Bathsheba needs Oak although she does not feel any love for him. The chapter opens with Troy and Bathsheba’s wedding and harvest celebrations. It is an elated and happy occasion unlike the sadness and ruin that the storm that night is going to bring. Oak knows there is going to be a terrible storm, which will ruin the 750 pounds worth of wheat ricks and barley ricks. He warns Troy of the terrible storm and says he needs help to cover the produce. At this point we can see that ...

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