Essay on Analysis Of ' Joseph Andrews And Shamela, By Henry Fielding

1115 Words Apr 24th, 2015 5 Pages
In the 1700s in England, traditional societal roles and values were very clear. They were solely based on the social class one was born into. In the novel Joseph Andrews and Shamela, however, author Henry Fielding challenged those values. He did so through satirical literature, which was intended to result in change for the greater good. Fielding criticized those who prized themselves on their social standing, and introduced the values that he considered important. Instead of focusing on social classes and what way you are born into society, Fielding emphasized the importance of who you are as a person. He believed the most important values in society are chastity, honorability, and charity. Un-coincidentally, all of these values have nothing to do with social class, the amount of money someone has to their name, or the education they did or did not receive. Joseph Andrews, a character introduced early in this novel, is a supreme example of a virtuous man. Joseph does not succumb to the pressures from women like Mrs. Slipslop and Lady Booby, who try to seduce and rid him of his virtue. “His morals remained entirely uncorrupted, tho’ he was at the same time Smarter and genteeler, than any of the Beaus in Town, either in or out of Livery.” (68). He is able to resist these temptations not only in the countryside, but also in London, a city where the average person would lose his way. Mr. Abraham Adams, the local parson, is another character Fielding uses to highlight…

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