How Bathsheba Everdene Has Changed in the Novel Far From The Madding Crowd
"Bathsheba Everdene is a changed woman by the end of this novel". By referring closely to events in the text, show to what extent you agree with this statement.
In this essay I am going to be deciding to what extent that I think
Bathsheba Everdene has changed in the novel 'Far From The Madding
Crowd'. I will compare the two sides and reach my conclusion.
I think that in the novel, in some ways Bathsheba has changed.
When we first meet Bathsheba she is going to live with her aunt, and is probably dependant upon her. Then, Bathsheba inherits a farm and money. This occurrence would give Bathsheba more independence and freedom, so in that way she has …show more content…
Another change that the reader sees in Bathsheba is that at the start of the novel, she is very carefree, such as when she is riding not in side saddle on the horse. She doesn't mind shocking people and it seems that she only cares about her own ideas. But later on in the novel, when Fanny Robin is dead, Bathsheba most definitely cares for her. She says about collecting Fanny's coffin:
"I shall not let Mr. Boldwood do such a thing - I shall do it! Fanny was my uncle's servant and, although I only knew her for a couple of days, she belongs to me. How very, very sad this is! - The idea of fanny being in a workhouse."
Bathsheba also cares for Farmer Boldwood's feelings when he proposes to her the second time, as she doesn't say no, she says she may do after the eight year period is up. Bathsheba has definitely changed for the better here as she is thinking, not of herself but of her friends and of a woman she only briefly knew.
After Bathsheba inherits the farm, we see that she is becoming very independent. She likes to do things her way and likes to be in control. We see this when she is addressing her workers,
"I shall be up before you awake; I shall be afield before you are