Henry Fielding wrote both Joseph Andrews () and Shamela () in response to Samuel Richardson’s book Pamela (), of which. FIELDING’S RICHARDSON: SHAMELA, JOSEPH ANDREWS AND PARODY REVISITED1. Joseph Andrews is the first of three novels (Tom Jones and Amelia . Joseph Andrews wasn’t even his first foray into Pamela-land, since he also penned An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews in You might say that.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Shamela is a brilliant parody of Samuel Richardson’s PAMELA, in which a virtuous servant girl long resists her master’s advances and is eventually ‘rewarded’ with marriage.
Fielding’s far more spirited and sexually honest heroine, by contrast, merely uses coyness and mock modesty as techniques to catch a rich husband. Joseph Andrews, Fielding’s first full-length novel, can Shamela is a brilliant parody of Samuel Richardson’s PAMELA, in which a virtuous servant girl long resists her master’s advances and is eventually ‘rewarded’ with marriage. Joseph Andrews, Fielding’s first ajd novel, can also be seen as a response to Richardson, ojseph the lascivious Lady Booby sets out to seduce her comically chaste servant Joseph, himself in love shame,a the much-put-upon Fanny Goodwill.
As in Tom Jones, Fielding takes a huge cast of characters out on the road and exposes them to many colourful and often hilarious adventures. Paperbackpages. Published by Penguin first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Give reasons for your opinion. Cite textual and critical quotations to support syamela argument.
Lists with This Book. Dec 24, David rated it really liked it. I don’t think it is possible for me to review this book without thinking of “Pamela. True, Richardson’s prose is a little more approachable on a sentence level, but Fielding isn’t generally presenting the thoughts of a naive girl.
Beyond that, Fielding wins hands down. He isn’t trite, his characters feel more fully human, and he’s funny. More important, he only tells the things of interest that happen and doesn’t stretch them out to four or five times the length of I don’t think it is possible for me to review this book without thinking of “Pamela. More important, he only tells the things of interest that happen and doesn’t stretch them out to four or five times the length of that interest.
And, when the story stops, Fielding does as well. He doesn’t keep talking for pages after the story is over. If there were an election today, I’d choose Fielding over Richardson.
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View all 3 comments. Jul 08, Eric marked it as to-read. I’ve read neither but the tone of Johnson’s appraisal one is all noble sentiment, the other low raillery that anrdews bad morals is quaint and hectoring, and makes me want to read Fielding. View all 4 comments. Sep 20, Mandy rated it really liked it Shelves: Read Samuel Richardson’s “Pamela” first. This is the hilarious spoof of that ajdrews work. It’s a literary geek necessity. Thank you Henry Fielding for pointing out the lovely hypocrisy of Pamela, laughed my head off.
Aug 25, Kazima rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book the second time around because I could understand a lot of the literary and mythological references much better. Because this book is so old, I would recommend the Oxford World’s Classics edition which has a great introduction and explanatory notes.
I haven’t read Pamela: Or Virtue Rewardedand I don’t think that it is really necessary, at least not if you bother to find out about it and the feud between Richardson and Fielding well explained in the OWC edition I really enjoyed this book the second time around because I could understand a lot of the literary and mythological references much better. Or Virtue Rewardedand I don’t think that it is really necessary, at least not if you bother to find out about it and the feud between Richardson and Fielding well explained in the OWC edition.
However, what makes it tedious to read at times is also what makes it exceptionally interesting. I love how Fielding isn’t just telling a story, but is also dappling into literature analysis and sjamela.
The story is a great comedy, or rather “comic Epic-poem”, and the book as a whole is a great piece of literature. Feb 07, Dan Schwent rated it liked it Shelves: This was a reading assignment from my then girlfriend during her 19th century novels class. It was an interesting read.
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Parson Adams overshadows the title character by shamel, though. Dec 27, Matthew rated it it was amazing. Few great books can have inspired two other great works of literature that were written for the purpose of ridiculing it.
There can also be few works of literature that helped to inspire another author of conservative leanings to contribute towards one of the greatest innovations in English literature. However, this was to be the fate of Pamela, an epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson, which was to provide the springboard for the two works of Henry Fielding contained in this book.
The book was a huge success in its day and its puritanical morals were greatly admired. It also proved to be an important landmark in the development of the British novel, a medium that barely existed at the time. It is certainly true that in Pamela the heroine is willing to hold out on her virtue until she receives an offer of marriage, at which point her seducer suddenly becomes a desirable husband.
Of course Richardson never intended this reading although there are passages in Pamela, which suggest an uneasy awareness of this possible interpretation.
Shamela merely strips away the layers of hypocritical virtue and shows us the economic calculation beneath. However Fielding did not stop there. The hero as his name suggests is a brother to Pamela, and indeed we see him writing to Pamela. Later Pamela and Lord Booby as Fielding continues to call him make an appearance in the book and Pamela is notably down on the idea of Joseph marrying beneath him, even though she has also married out of her class.
Hence she is once more seen as hypocritical and negative. This time the book follows a virtuous footman scorning the advances of Lady Booby, and a number of other lusty women who seek to take his virtue.
The female characters in the book who act without chastity are often portrayed in a bad light. Lady Booby and Mrs Slipslop are unpleasant women who are unscrupulous and immoral in other ways, and not only in their willingness to seduce Joseph. The servant Betty provides us with a better model. She is the only person to help the stricken Joseph after he is robbed.
However after an unsuccessful attempt to seduce Joseph, she instead sleeps with her employer and loses her place. Her actions only lead to trouble too therefore.
Fielding does believe in the importance of chastity, male and female. Another model of acting without sexual restraint lies in the story of Mr Wilson, a man who led a wild life and had a number of involvements with women before settling down happily with his wife. The other additional tale interpolated into the book deals with a jilt who leaves a decent partner for a less honourable man, and ends up unmarried as a result. There is a price to pay for josep or flighty behaviour.
However, while Fielding shares the sense that unchastity is a sin to be qnd he clearly sets less stock on it than Richardson.
For Fielding it is a mild sin and sometimes even an excess of good nature. Hence Mr Wilson is not damned forever by his early life and Betty remains one of the better characters in the book, who suffers from her lack of restraint, not from a bad nature. This may be true, but we may set against this argument the fact that Fielding himself went on to marry one of his servants.
Was Fielding a hypocrite, or did he change his mind later? I think not, since Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones both show heroes who struggle against the cruelty of a society that does not allow people to marry beneath them. Fielding opts for the conservative conclusion of ensuring that discoveries are made that put the lovers back on an equal footing but the point has been made. While Richardson stuck to an epistolary style, Fielding chose to write a proper connected storyline held together by a semi-omniscient narrator, rather than the potentially unreliable first person narrator of Pamela.
After the Pamela send-up in the first Book, the remainder of the novel moves on to other matters. This is a very different form of novel from Pamela and it allows Fielding to turn his satirical aim at a number of other targets. By putting a parson at the centre of his book, Fielding is able to offer up his own opinions about the role of the clergy.
Parson Adams is certainly a foolish man in some ways, blinded by his own good nature from seeing the wicked wrongdoings of others, easily gulled, and trying unsuccessfully to get his sermons published, even though nobody would want to buy them.
For example, Adams argues that the clergy should preach the importance of actions over faith, a doctrine contrary to some Protestant traditions. Hence while he meets a number of clergymen along the way who are selfish and refuse to help him, he remains an active and muscular Christian, sometimes literally so, as when he saves Fanny from assault.
Adams lives in comparative poverty for most of the book, with his appearance causing others to disrespect him.
Indeed he is appalled by the excesses of wealth in the church and he stands in opposition to other clerical characters in the book who have been corrupted by money and comfort. This emphasis on the corrupting power of wealth is an important concern in Joseph Andrews and Fielding often shows us the bad behaviour of powerful and influential members of society.
Lady Booby and Mrs Slipslop seek to act against Joseph and Fanny to get them expelled from the local area. A corrupt lord seeks to humiliate the travellers and to rape Fanny. Set against this we see examples of virtue in the poor even in those from whom we may not expect to see it.
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I have mentioned how Betty showed kindness to Joseph when her masters would not. Similarly when Joseph is robbed and loses even his clothes, he is denied access to a Coach by ladies whose morals are more concerned with avoiding a naked man than helping a traveller in distress.
Later when Adams fails to get help from the wealthy clergyman Trulliber he is helped instead by a Pedlar. The wealthy are frequently corrupt, Fielding says, and the poor are frequently virtuous. Fielding was an enthusiastic advocate for the law and he even contributed to the establishment of the Bow Street Runners, an organisation that set the model for the later establishment of a police force.