A MALE FEMINIST: HARDY'S PORTRAYAL OF When Rosemarie Morgan claims, "Hardy's women ... must have confused many readers caught with mixed feelings of admiration and alarm," (Morgan, Women and Sexuality in the Novels of Thomas Hardy xiii) she brings...

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Bathsheba may be rather more voluptuous and vain than Sue, nevertheless their preoccupations are similar and they appear to make the same errors in judgement. Both protagonists, as Rosemarie Morgan suggests, are "Humanly imperfect," (Morgan, Women and Sexuality in the Novels of Thomas Hardy 155) yet it is through their struggles that we seem to relate to them...
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We see her through a man's eyes and are thus immediately confronted with an imposed view. Oak judges Bathsheba as vain, and this trait of character will haunt her in her choices throughout the novel. By giving a man's opinion of the female protagonist Hardy lays his groundwork for what is in effect a Bildungsroman with Bathsheba as the heroine...
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