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There is a great quantity of eating and drinking, making love and jilting, laughing and the contrary, smoking, cheating, fighting, dancing and fiddling; there are bullies pushing about, bucks ogling the women, knaves picking pockets, policemen on the look-out, quacks OTHER quacks, plague take them! Look at the faces of the actors and buffoons when they come off from their business; and Tom Fool washing the paint off his cheeks before he sits down to dinner with his wife and the little Jack Puddings behind the canvas.

An episode of humour or kindness touches and amuses him here and there—a pretty child looking at a gingerbread stall; a pretty girl blushing whilst her lover talks to her and chooses her fairing; poor Tom Fool, yonder behind the waggon, mumbling his bone with the honest family which lives by his tumbling; but the general impression is one more melancholy than mirthful.

When you come home you sit down in a sober, contemplative, not uncharitable frame of mind, and apply yourself to your books or your business …. Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray, Copyright notice These books are published in Australia and are out of copyright here. Yet what is particularly interesting is that Thackeray comes no closer to endorsing our own present-day conventions than he does to approving these of Miss Pinkerton, Amelia, or Lady Jane.

In his early writing and contributions to Punch, Thackeray could show himself as a parodist and a critic of the romantic R. In Vanity Fair he tries to determine its various forms and to show men and women as they actually were in themselves and in society; and the result according to W.

Fleen is "a marvellous panorama of upper-middle class London life of the generation beginning about " Allen Yet it is not only a panorama, but an insight into the hearts of many of the chief characters. He hardly seems to set aside his accustomed sneer, and that was the reason that made J. But this impression is surely mistaken if we are considering Vanity Fair. For her part, Barbara Hardy is of the opinion that "his criticism of strong feeling is probably one of the chief reasons why he is so uncomfortable a novelist depriving us of intellectual flattery, moral superiority and emotional indulgence all at once" Hardy One wonders, however, whether either of these critics is entirely correct.

There is more to be said of the novel than this. It is true that Vanity Fair relies on the unexpected.

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It tricks us into ambivalent responses; and just as Becky, contrary to all expectations, throws the dictionary out of the carriage window, Thackeray tosses out many accepted conventions of his time and makes the expectations of his readers waver in this calculated confusion. Part of the confusion, no doubt, lies in the difficulty of categorizing this novel.

Clearly, we cannot classify it as a military novel despite the "Battle of Waterloo". Thackeray states this when R.

Our place is with the non-combatants.

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When the decks are cleared for action we go below and wait meekly" ch. Nor can we say that it is a historical novel, although it is a novel about the past: for the history in it is often toned down and caricatured.

So, at once "the great is diminished and the commonplace magnified" Colby Yet we do not think it really commonplace. It should not be necessary to say that the famous ending of chapter xxxii is not just - a rhetorical trick. Of course it is neither a domestic novel nor a conventional love story; and the love scene in which Sir Pitt, the lustful disgusting old baronet, and Becky Sharp, the girl who prudently makes a career out of her sexual attraction, is possibly a crude parody of conventional love scenes in other novels.

Yet neither is it the somewhat flippant or moralistic satire that Thackeray himeself pretends it is.

It is this which presents us with particular problems in deciding how we should interpret its characterisation. The characters are partly realistic and partly satirical. On the one hand, we have to decide how to place Amelia and how far she is to be really despised; and on the other hand, there is a great deal of critical uncertainty in many minds about Becky.

Some of this indecision arises because readers are so inclined to distrust the narrator, that they begin to distrust themselves. Once we begin to think of her as a fool, or a puppet, her significance is lost.

For though Thackeray is anti-conventional in form, behind the form lies something more profound. E v e n the union which takes place at the end of the novel, for which the reader is waiting, turns out to be ironic.

It has also been said that the sub-title of the novel "A Novel Without a Hero", excludes any sort of heroism and it should not make us think that Thackeray is going to replace the traditional hero with a heroine, for Thackeray takes pains from the beginning to tell us that Amelia is not a heroine.

To go even further, Thackeray never treats his "good" women with dignity in Vanity Fair.

He "shows up his angels as often silly, coy, jealous, selfish, possessive and dishonest while R. Her love is largely self love. She takes without giving in return. Becky finds out that Amelia's brother, Joseph, is not married.

She determines to marry him, if possible, and never go on to the Crawleys.

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Joseph's obesity, emphasized by his loud and sporty clothes, makes people think of an elephant. His shyness stymies his ambition to be a lady-killer. With affected dignity he extends two fingers for his sister to shake.

Becky makes an impression, saying aloud how handsome Joseph is, then acting "timid as a fawn," and casting her eyes down and not daring to look at him. Joseph, flushed with embarrassment, pulls the bell rope loose. Sedley, an aggressive tease, comes in "rattling his seals like a true British merchant.

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While her mouth is afire, Joseph asks her if she wants a chili, which she thinks must be cool because of its name. Becky's near strangulation amuses Mr.

Sedley and Joseph. When Joseph absents himself for two or three days, Becky endears herself to the Sedley household. They stay home, visit, sing, and reminisce.Doyle, Richard, ed.

Not very beautiful, she is frequently ignored by men and women but is well-liked by most men who get to know her because of her personality. Her triumph over Miss Pinkerton indicates her ability to take care of herself. With this tender missive, she includes Amelia's bill. In that work, "Vanity Fair" refers to a stop along the pilgrim's route: a never-ending fair held in a town called Vanity, which is meant to represent man's sinful attachment to worldly things.

Like almost all the characters in the novel they fall prey to their vanities, the hypocrisy and greed of their environment and the false projections the people around them provide of themselves. Her actions and conduct are mostly influenced by her almost excessive sentimentality.

The story is framed as a puppet play , and the narrator, despite being an authorial voice , is notoriously unreliable.

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