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English Literature Coursework Assignment - Far From The Madding Crowd Prose written before 1900 Compare and contrast Bathsheba Everdenes three suitors In the novel Far from the Madding Crowd the main female role Bathsheba Everdene is pursued by three suitors each of whom is very different from the others These three men are Farmer William Boldwood owner of the farm adjacent to Bathshebas Gabriel Oak bankrupt farmer who becomes Bathshebas shepherd and later bailiff and Sergeant Francis Troy a soldier whose regiment was close by to Weatherbury Each of the three suitors pursues Bathsheba in a very different style each of which I will look at in this coursework but unfortunately for nave Bathsheba she fails to choose the best for her Gabriel Oak when he becomes her first suitor Only at the end of the novel does she make the obvious and correct choice The first character I will look at is Sergeant Francis Troy who came upon Bathsheba one night as she walked along the fir plantation checking that all was well in the fields and paddocks although Gabriel Oak had check before her When Troy had become entangled with her one of his first questions was Are you a woman to which Bathsheba replied Yes His immediate reaction was to compliment her by calling her a lady illustrating his natural tendency to see most young ladies he comes across as merely objects for personal conquest Flattery is of course his chief weapon in charming and conquering the female heart One of the main reasons that Bathsheba fell for him in the first place is her own vulnerability to flattery as she is such a vain young lady From this point on on the occasions that he meets her he continues to remark on how beautiful see looks concentrating on praising her appearance His first attempt at courtship was filled with nothing more than these praises as he
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