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by Henry Fielding

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Can a reader of fiction from an economically challenged setting identify with the events and happenings depicted in Fielding's Tom Jones?

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Certainly, there is much in Tom Jonesthat the modern day reader who experiences economic challenge could understand.  Tom is poor and must revert to specific actions because of his impoverished condition.  Stealing for food, searching for work, and not having a direct and routine path for consciousness in the world are all a part of these realities.  Tom demonstrates that being poor and...

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