Cite this Literature Note About Joseph Andrews In Joseph Andrews, Fielding the author, magistrate, and moralist refuses to accept much of what he sees around him; in Book III, he states that his purpose is "to hold the glass to thousands in their closets, that they may contemplate their deformity, and endeavour to reduce it. We find that we are no longer merely laughing at people and situations, but also laughing with them; we are taking delight, rather than laughing in scorn. Our sense of delight at the close of Joseph Andrews is in no sense destructive, but represents one of the many aspects of this book which can be considered under such headings as form, characterization, style, and moral tone. Fielding takes his characters through a series of confusing episodes, finally aligning them with their correct partners in an improved social setting, from which the most recalcitrant characters are excluded; the characters, for the most part, have all measured and achieved a greater degree of self-knowledge. Thus the marriage of Fanny to a more experienced Joseph takes place in an ideal setting — the country — and is facilitated by the generosity of an enlightened Mr.
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Publishing history[ edit ] Shamela was originally published anonymously on 4 April and sold for one shilling and sixpence. A second edition came out on 3 November that same year which was partly reimpressed and partly reset where emendations were made. A pirated edition was printed in Dublin in as well. Reprint editions have subsequently appeared as texts for academic study.
Oliver, in which Tickletext is completely smitten by Pamela, and insists Oliver gives the book a read. The rest of the story is told in letters between the major characters, such as Shamela, her mother, Henrietta Maria Honora Andrews- who is unwed in this version- Master Booby, Mrs. Jeweks, Mrs. Jervis, and Rev. Arthur Williams, much like in Pamela.
In this version, however, her father is not present at all. Later, however, it was discovered Shamela was having an affair with the Reverend. B" whose name is revealed to Booby to his servant maid are hyperbolized, rendering their supposed love-match contemptible and absurd.
Recent criticism has explored the ways in which Pamela in fact dramatises its own weaknesses. Abraham Adams February , more commonly known as Joseph Andrews. Shamela, then, went far beyond satirizing Richardson and his supporters, for it allowed Fielding to rework, now in novelistic format, the topics that fascinated him as a satirical playwright, before the Licensing Act drove him away from drama.
The novel embodies a fusion of two competing aesthetics of 18th-century literature : the mock-heroic and neoclassical and, by extension, aristocratic approach of Augustans such as Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift ; and the popular, domestic prose fiction of novelists such as Daniel Defoe and Samuel Richardson. The novel draws on a variety of inspirations. Written "in imitation of the manner of Cervantes , the author of Don Quixote " see title page on right , the work owes much of its humour to the techniques developed by Cervantes, and its subject-matter to the seemingly loose arrangement of events, digressions and lower-class characters to the genre of writing known as picaresque. In deference to the literary tastes and recurring tropes of the period, it relies on bawdy humour, an impending marriage and a mystery surrounding unknown parentage, but conversely is rich in philosophical digressions, classical erudition and social purpose. He dissociates his fiction from the scandal-memoir and the contemporary novel.
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