Essay about Joseph Andrews

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WHAT IS NOVEL?
A Novel is prose narrative of considerable length and some complexity that deals imaginatively (fictional) with human experiences (near to life) through a connected sequence of events involving a group of persons in a specific setting. Previously it was known as fictional narrative or narrative prose.
( A Narrative opens “in media res”. This means it opens usually with the hero at his lowest point “in the middle of things”, earlier portions of the story appear later as flashbacks..)
Main characterstics of novels are theme, plot or setting, structure, action or events in a sequence, strong characterization and expressive language.
The genre of extended prose fiction or narrative fictional prose i.e. novel is rooted in the
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When the first novelists began writing what were later called novels, they thought they were writing about human life and human nature with fiction or romance like Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson, and Henry Fielding attempted was called the Prose epic form.
The requirement of length has been traditionally connected with the notion that epic length performances try to cope with the "totality of life”. Fielding’s contribution is that all the characters of the novel involved, work towards a comprehensive action. a realistic portrayal of his characters is there with the fiction or the romantic touch. Hence, a new genre came to existence and what he wrote,we now called novel. Walter Allen sums up Fielding’s contribution in the following words:
“The form the novel took in England for more than a hundered years had its origin in Fielding, and in this respect, Smollet, Scott, Dickens, Thackeray and Meredith all wrote in a shadow.”

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WHY CALLED A COMIC EPIC?

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