How much is fate the main driver of events in Far from the Madding Crowd rather than character?

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The main driver of events in Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd is character rather than fate. Farmer Oak meets Bathsheba in their small rural community where everyone knows everyone. He asks her to marry him. This is an example of character, not fate. She turns him down (character). Then, Farmer Oak loses all of his sheep when his sheepdog chases them off a steep hill. This might be fate or poor judgement on Farmer Oak’s part for allowing a young dog to tend the flock.

Bathsheba inherits her uncle’s property and becomes a landowner with the potential to be a financially comfortable woman. The tables are turned, as now Gabriel Oak is poor and Bathsheba can be considered comfortable. The inheritance was not fate. Her uncle lovingly bequeathed his property to her.

As he seeks work, Farmer Oak chances upon Bathsheba’s farm. This is probably fate. Bathsheba meets Troy by chance, which is fate, but he seeks her out afterwards, which is character. Moreover, there was a good chance...

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