What are the benefits of reading a novel like "Pamela"?

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crucker | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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I'm reading Pamela right now--for the sheer enjoyment. There's quite a bit of sly humor in Richardson's portrayal of the 'artful' young lady who strives to fend off her master's groping hands.

Aside from enjoyment of the story, I'm reading it partly because Jane Austen was a reader of Richardson's writing, and his influence is apparent on nearly every page; however, I think Austen bested her 'mentor'--Austen's witty females are quite a bit 'saucier' than the innocent Pammy. :)

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waleedhalawa | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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As readers , we say that Pamela is presenting a universal truth between man and women. In principle, it is true that every girl never want to compromise her virtue. This is a universal concept.

Her dream is of having a good family. She lives with all the conditions around her are difficult to make her realize her dream. She is determent on that target which is virtue. She already have this concept in mind because this is her target > she believes that fulfilling it is her goal so she does not hesitate to achieve it. So when we read Pamela it gives us moral lessons that can help us in our realy life

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thirdgraderocks | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

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The novel is an extremely interesting account of what it was like for a young girl obliged to be a servant in the England of the period. Pamela is a virtuous and intelligent young girl who has been educated by her mistress. However, when her mistress dies, she becomes the prey of the master of the house, Mr B, and there ensues a series of events in which the young girl is refused leave to go home to her parents and is instead effectively imprisoned in another of her master’s houses to serve him without knowing where she is or when she will ever be allowed to leave. She must constantly battle with her master and the woman who is her appointed guardian in the house to preserve her virginity and her virtuous nature. While the heavy religious overtones in the novel do not appeal to the majority of readers today, the girl’s dilemma is one that readers cannot but sympathise with. She rejects his constant advances until she is certain that his proposal of marriage is a sincere one. The novel then goes on to explore Pamela’s adjustment to living in upper-class society and being the wife of her ardent master. It had a huge influence over the modern novel form.

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