Questions on Joseph Andrews
1. Comment on the character of Joseph Andrews and his role in the novel.
J.Andrews is the hero after whom the novel is named. He is the chief protagonist of the novel. His physical appearance fascinates Lady Booby and also Mrs. Slipslop, and later, Betty the servant-maid at an inn. Lady Booby becomes infatuated with him only on account of his handsome appearance, because socially speaking he was greatly inferior to her. Joseph possesses many qualities of head and heart also. It is his intelligence which first arouses Adams's interest in him. In spite of his good looks and intelligence, Joseph takes no interest in women even though he can take advantage of it. He is by no means a rake. In fact, his chief concern in life is the purity of his moral character. He refuses to be drawn into a sexual relationship with Lady Booby, and also Mrs. Slipslop. Joseph does not also fall a prey to any of the other vices of the day. After being dismissed from the service of Lady Booby, Joseph takes a journey looking for Fanny for whose sake he would be willing to make any sacrifice. His love for her does not diminish at any point. Neither threats nor persuasion can hinder his love. The character of Joseph has not elaborately been drawn by Fielding because Fielding had to pay more attention to his portrayal of Adams. The result is that we do not feel sufficiently impressed by Joseph who appears to us colorless. He is not a very dynamic kind of man; and he does not show much initiative or the spirit of enterprise. But he is certainly a faithful lover and would make an excellent husband for Fanny.
2. Write about the traits that make of Parson Adams an admirable and lovable character.
Adams is introduced to us as an excellent scholar, and as a perfect master of Greek and Latin languages. He is also described as a man of good sense and good nature, though he is ignorant of the ways of the world like an infant who has just made...
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