Discuss Fielding's philosophy of virtue for the sake of virtue in relation to Tom Jones.

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Karyth Cara eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"Virtue for virtue's sake" is often discussed around Fielding in reference to his disagreement with Samuel Richardson's character Pamela in his novel Pamela. Pamela practiced virtue for the sake of the appearance of virtue while Fielding preferred virtue be practiced for the sake of the virtue practiced: the appearance of virtue versus the actuality of virtue. In Tom Jones, Fielding illustrates this through the character of Sophia Western.

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