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Thomas Hardy

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far-from-the-madding-crowd-thomas-hardyBathsheba Everdene, Chapter 4ell ... I shouldn’t mind being a bride at a wedding, if I could be one without having a husband.Sources:, British Library, Encyclopaedia BritannicaCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.SwordRepresents Sgt. Troys flashy, risk-taking personalityLambsSymbolize Gabriels caring, gentle natureWatchesStand for Gabriels love and Sgt. Troys deceptionSymbolsCharming, impulsive soldier; abandons his pregnant fiancée and marries BathshebaSgt. Francis TroyConfirmed bachelor in his 40s; grows obsessed with Bathsheba and murders her husbandWilliam BoldwoodSteady, gentle shepherd; eventually wins Bathshebas heart through friendship and loyaltyGabriel OakBeguiling, independent young woman; rejects marriage proposals but finds true loveBathsheba EverdeneMain CharactersBoth a Victorian and a modern writer, Hardy produced a large body of work. He penned a thousand poems, several volumes of short stories, and 14 novels. Controversial during his time, Hardy often expressed a bleak sense of fatalism and agnosticism while exploring sexual and religious themes.THOMAS HARDY18401928AuthorMen pine for Bathsheba, and William reacts to rejection with murder.Unrequited LoveFrom riding astride to running a farm, Bathsheba defies gender expectations.Womens IndependenceBathsheba first refuses to marry but then is trapped in an unhappy marriage.Marriage as a TrapBathsheba Everdene defies the expectations of women in the Victorian age, running a farm and refusing marriage proposals—until she meets a charming soldier. An obsessed suitor, a deceitful husband, and a steadfast friend circle her as she navigates disasters, deaths, and secrets.Three Suitors for BathshebaTHEMESEnglishOriginal Language1874Year PublishedThomas HardyAuthorFar from the Madding CrowdRomanceNovel

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