Far From the Madding Crowd character of Bathsheba

About the novel Far from the Madding Crowd

  • Far from the Madding Crowd is a novel written by Thomas Hardy that was his popular success as well
  • It was first published serially as well as anonymously in The Cornhill Magazine in the year of 1874
  • In addition, the same year (1874) Far from the Madding Crowd was also published under the name of Thomas Hardy
  • Far from the Madding Crowd is regarded as a Pastoral novel by Thomas Hardy
  • There are many characters in this novel such as William Boldwood, Sergeant Francis (Frank) Toy, Joseph Poorgrass, Liddy Smallbiry, Fanny Robin, Jan Cogan, as well as Bathsheba Everdene, and Gabriel Oak

The character of Bathsheba Everdene in Far from the Madding Crowd

Bathsheba Everdene is the heroine of Thomas Hardy’s novel Far from the Madding Crowd. She is not only beautiful but also independent as well as wilful. She inherits from her uncle the family farm of Northern England as well as gets/gains financial independence.

This heroine of Hardy’s novel tries by all means to revive the former greatness of the estate. But, at this time, three (various) persons fight for her heart or love.

Thomas Hardy, in his Far from the Madding Crowd, introduces Bathsheba Everdene as (I) an unusual rural girl of the Victorian age (II) a young coquette who loves when men tell her compliments as well as provide signs of attention.

But, it is noteworthy that Everdene is even now not going to marry. In fact, she never dreamed of marriage. Because the inheritance from her uncle offered/provided her the desired liberty as well as independence.

Bathsheba Everdene can be: (I) capricious (II) selfish (III) vain, but simultaneously, she is: (I) strong (II) admirable (III) attractive. Bathsheba appears in front of the readers of  Far from the Madding Crowd as (I) spontaneous as well as charming (II) windy & inconsistent, and (III) kindhearted as well as sometimes cruel.

Moreover, she is also strong, thirsty as well as at the same time not for love; she is not able to say a firm ‘yes’ or a firm ‘no’.

Bathsheba does rather foolish things for which not only she but others should pay a high price. It is the joking valentine letter of Everdene to Boldwood that provides him hope as well as leads to reckless unwanted/undesired romance. 

Moreover, the temper, as well as jealousy of Bathsheba Everdene, became a reason for a hateful as well as unhappy marriage.

In addition, Gabriel Oak who tries to protect/safeguard her in every way also suffers from mental pain due to her vibes as well as stubbornness.

Bathsheba is known for not following any instructions. She entered the world of men demonstrating the women’s power that was not acceptable at that time.

Simultaneously, she is a defenseless woman who is trying to understand men as well as the world around her.

The aforementioned duality makes Ms. Everdene a rich as well as attractive character. She will have to go a long way in order to understand/know whom she truly loves.

What do you know about the plot of Far from the Madding Crowd?

The plot of Thomas Hardy’s novel Far from the Madding Crowd centers on Bathsheba Everdene as well as her suitors – Gabriel Oak Sergeant Troy, William Boldwood. Her contrasting relationships with her suitors offer a study of the many faces of love.

Who is Sergeant Francis Troy in Thomas Hardy’s novel Far from the Madding Crowd?

Sergeant Francis Troy is a young handsome as well as inconsiderate soldier Far from the Madding Crowd. He is a dashing but heartless cad who marries Bathsheba.

What is the setting of Far from the Madding Crowd? 

Hardy set his novel Far from the Madding Crowd in a fictional area of Wessex (England).

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