Passion and Sobriety in Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd

Fejes Erika (2001) Passion and Sobriety in Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd. MA/MSc, Szegedi Tudományegyetem.

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In my thesis I examine the elements of passion in Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd that drive the plot from crisis to crisis and the fact that passion is confronted with a much more sober view of life. The whole novel is built up around the contradiction between passion and sobriety. I would like to take a closer look at the characters' nature and conduct, especially that of Bathsheba Everdene, which play a relevant role in the course of the book. I intend to prove that in spite of the happy ending the novel does not end on a note of optimism. In the introductory part I examine the novel as a whole and Hardy's view of life which is perfectly reflected in the action of the characters. In the second and third chapters I analyse Bathsheba Everdene's conduct and motives, and how she develops all through the series of actions. In the fourth chapter I examine Troy's character and in the fifth the character of Boldwood. In the sixth and seventh chapters I introduce the only really positive character, Gabriel Oak, and the way he is confronted by the other characters of the novel.


Szegedi Tudományegyetem


Gyula Juhász Teacher Training College


Angol Tanszék


Teacher Training




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Item Type: Thesis (MA/MSc)
Date: 2001
Depositing User: JGYPK Szerkesztő
Date Deposited: 2019. May. 28. 12:37
Last Modified: 2019. May. 29. 08:04

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