This resource is part of the following theme International Women's Day. This resource includes pdf. Size: 1. Sign up for our Newsletter thank you. Download our Guide thank you. Copyright Visit Dorset. In , he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism. Julie Christie as Bathsheba. Terence Stamp as Sgt. Peter Finch as Boldwood. OpenLearn works with other organisations by providing free courses and resources that support our mission of opening up educational opportunities to more people in more places.
All rights reserved. The Open University is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in relation to its secondary activity of credit broking. Skip to main content. Search for free courses, interactives, videos and more! Alternate Versions. Rate This. In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.
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Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Carey Mulligan Bathsheba Everdene Matthias Schoenaerts Gabriel Oak Tilly Vosburgh Hurst Mark Wingett When Bathsheba protests, he responds that even in death Fanny means more to him than Bathsheba ever could.
In grief he goes to the beach, where he strips off his uniform and swims far into the ocean; everyone believes he has drowned. Left with Frank's gambling debts, Bathsheba worries she may lose the farm. Boldwood offers to buy it and merge it with his property, offering Gabriel a position as bailiff, and again proposes marriage. Bathsheba agrees to consider his offer. On the eve of the Christmas party he plans to throw, Boldwood tells Gabriel that he is aware of Gabriel's feelings for Bathsheba, and shows Gabriel the engagement ring he plans to offer her.
At the party, Boldwood graciously invites Gabriel and Bathsheba to dance together; she again asks Gabriel what she should do, and he answers that she should "Do what is right". Leaving the dance, she discovers Troy, outside, alive and well. Having been rescued from drowning, he has faked his death for some weeks. He demands money from Bathsheba, claiming it was unfair that he gave up his profession and now lives off nothing while she has money and a house.
Frank grabs her roughly, screaming that she is still his wife and must obey him. Enraged, Boldwood emerges from the house and kills Frank with a single blast from his rifle, for which he is promptly imprisoned.
Gabriel reassures Bathsheba her that if it's any consolation Boldwood is bound to be spared his life, for acting in a 'crime of passion'.
The book finished 10th on The Guardian ' s list of greatest love stories of all time in The novel has been dramatised several times, notably in the Oscar-nominated film directed by John Schlesinger.
Gabriel Oak is a young shepherd. With the savings of a frugal life, and a loan, he has leased and stocked a farm. He falls in love with a newcomer eight years his junior, Bathsheba Everdene, a proud beauty who arrives to live with her aunt, Mrs. Over time, Bathsheba and Gabriel grow to like each other well enough, and Bathsheba even saves his life once.
However, when he makes her an unadorned offer of marriage, she refuses; she values her independence too much, and him too little. Feeling betrayed and embarrassed, Gabriel offers blunt protestations that only foster her haughtiness. After a few days, she moves to Weatherbury, a village some miles off.
When next they meet, their circumstances have changed drastically. An inexperienced new sheepdog drives Gabriel's flock over a cliff, ruining him. After selling off everything of value, he manages to settle all his debts but emerges penniless. He seeks employment at a hiring fair in the town of Casterbridge. When he finds none, he heads to another such fair in Shottsford, a town about ten miles from Weatherbury.