Far From The Maddening Crowd Essay

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Far From The Maddening Crowd


"Far from the Maddening Crowd"

"Far from the Maddening Crowd" is a story of three men with nothing in common except the
conquest for the same woman. It takes place in the 19th century in a country town of West
England, where the sound of the wind along with the singing of the birds is a melodic
rhythm, the field is green, and the flocks of sheep graze peacefully like cotton balls. On
top of the hill lived Bathsheba, a beautiful and independent young woman. After the death
of her father, she confronted with the role of managing the farm she inherited from her

Batsheba faces her duties and responsibilities with control and authority. This is in
contrast to her personal life; she is confused because she does not know which one of her
three pretenders she wants as a prospective husband.

One of Batsheba's pretenders was Gabriel Oak, a shepherd of flocks and a man who was loved
and respected by everyone. Gabriel was a kind man whose eyes implied tenderness. He wanted
Batsheba's love, but she told him that she was independence and needed a husband that
would tame her. He lost all of his wealth when his flock of sheep had strayed off a cliff
and had to become Batsheba's Foreman.

Bathsheba arouses an unrestrained passion in Mr. Boldwood, a middle-aged, wealthy man who
had never bothered with the feelings of a woman, until, he receives an anonymous letter
where he was teased with a marriage proposal. When he found out that Batsheba had written
the letter, he proposed to her. Batsheba felt guilty for what she had done to Mr. Boldwood
and was willing to marry him even without feeling any love for him.

Batsheba meets the third pretender; Sgt. Troy, a good looking, daring, young man,
depressed by being left at the altar by the woman he loves. Bathsheba felt jealousy and
distraction toward him, which she thought was love. He desires only Bathsheba's wealth.

Bathsheba and Sgt. Troy were married even though Mr. Boldwood offered Sgt. Troy a fortune
in exchange for not marrying Batsheba. Gabriel and Mr. Boldwood were left broken hearted;
Mr. Boldwood sworn vengeance to Sgt. Troy. As soon as they were married, Sgt. Troy started
ill treating Bathsheba, and he does not help her with the farm duties; instead, he demands
money to support his gambling. But there was Gabriel Oak always by her side and working
arduously on the maintenance of the farm.

One day while riding in a carriage with his wife, Sgt. Troy observed a paled, poorly
dressed woman whom he recognized as being his true love, Fanny. Sgt. Troy stopped the
carriage and told Batsheba to wait in the carriage while he helped someone who needed
assistance. Sgt. Troy failed to notice that Fanny was close to giving birth. He approached
her and was very happy to see her. He helped her with what money he had and arranged to
meet her, but the meeting never took place; she died giving birth. Sgt. Troy felt deep
sadness and guilt for the death of his loved one and child because he never forgave her
for being late on their wedding day. Sgt. Troy wanted to go far away to get over his
sorrow, so he made believe that he drowned in the ocean.

Since no body was found, Sgt. Troy was presumed a living spouse, so Batsheba would have to
wait six years before she could remarry. Mr. Boldwood was more than willing to wait.
Batsheba with bruises on her heart, was not yet interested in any new romance, but the
insistences of Mr. Boldwood made her promise to be his wife in six years. At the
celebration on Mr. Boldwood's farm in honor for the acceptance of marriage by Batsheba,
the presumed dead Sgt. Troy appeared and tried to take Batsheba away against her will, he
died instantly after being shot by Mr. Boldwood.

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