Tragedies she was not a typical woman at the

Tragedies In a novel refers to a
situation where the protagonist or the hero, makes a decision, which leads to
his or her eventual downfall. In the novel, one can consider Bathsheba Everdene
to be the Hero. The book is set in 1874, a time during which the traditional
view of women being useful mainly for taking care of the household and children
was still very popular. Bathsheba presents a completely different perspective
of women- she shows masculine characteristics like ambitiousness, focus,
determination, courage and independence. From the very beginning of the novel,
when the reader is introduced to Bathsheba, she makes it clear that she was not
a typical woman at the time looking for a husband, and rejects anyone who did
express their love for her, especially farmer Oak, who asked for her hand in
marriage on several occasions. Her willingness to be on her own are proven when
she said the lines, “Well
what I mean is that I shouldn’t mind being a bride at a wedding, if I could be
one without having a husband. But since a woman can’t show off in that way by
herself, I shan’t marry-at least yet.”1
By saying this, she is asserting herself as a different woman, where she defied
the expectations of women during the Victorian period.

1 Hardy, Thomas. Far from the Madding
Crowd. Vintage Books, 2015.

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