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Pamela

The epistolary form is characterized by letter writing, or sometimes journal / diary entries, which provides insight into the character’s motivations and advances the plot. The epistolary novel...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2014 4:15 pm UTC

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Richardson's negative attitude toward aristocratic traditions of the seventeenth century and his democratic affinities find particular expression in the fact that he made the protagonist of his...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019 2:00 pm UTC

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Samuel Richardson's Pamela was such an enormous success when it was first published that it was inevitable that it would soon be parodied. And so it was, with parodies pouring from the press on a...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2021 12:28 pm UTC

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Pamela's depiction of the relationship between the bourgeoisie and the aristocracy is packed with conflict. Pamela is a model of bourgeoisie virtue, opposed by the privileged and amoral Mr. B who...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2019 2:19 pm UTC

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Samuel Richardson’s Pamela is an epistolary novel, meaning that most of the information we have about Pamela comes at firsthand from her in the letters she writes. These show her to be virtuous,...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2019 6:36 am UTC

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To analyze the literary context that would propel Pamela to marry the predatory Mr. B, consider how other novels from this time period—the 1700s—normalized the notion that lecherous men were an...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021 7:38 pm UTC

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Two important themes which come up in letter III in Pamela and will be recurrent throughout the novel are the temptation of riches and flattery and appearance versus reality. At this point, very...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2020 9:28 pm UTC

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Richardson does not have Pamela provide a physical description of her new master, Mr. B., who takes over the estate after her mother dies. Her focus is on his character or inner self and his...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2020 12:24 pm UTC

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Although Mr. B does terrible things to Pamela, calling her names like "slut" and "hussey" and eventually abducting her, Pamela protects her virtue. She writes long passages in her diary about her...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2013 6:17 pm UTC

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For most of Pamela, the novel’s title character and protagonist has struggled mightily to preserve her virtue and virginity until she can marry. During the era when the book was written and takes...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2021 3:00 am UTC

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Samuel Richardson subtitles his novel Pamela "Virtue Rewarded" rather than "Vice Punished" because the novel is focused on Pamela, whose firm adherence to virtue is indeed rewarded in the end. The...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2021 7:48 pm UTC

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Samuel Richardson’s Pamela is generally thought to be one of the first novels written in the epistolary style. The plot is revealed entirely through the letters that Pamela herself writes. She...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2020 6:22 pm UTC

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