1. Show how Hardy indicated the passage of time, rarely using actual dates.
2. Discuss how the changing seasons are bound up with the story.
3. Discuss Hardy's use of biblical, literary, and artistic allusions.
4. Show in what ways Bathsheba's character changes and in what ways it remains the same.
5. Show how Victorian ideas of morality affect the lives of Fanny Robin; Sergeant Troy; Bathsheba.