Vanity Fair

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  • Topic: Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray, Becky Sharp
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The text under analysis is called “Vanity Fair”, it belongs to the pen of William Thackeray. William Thackeray was born on 18 July 1811 and died on 24 December 1863. He was an English novelist of the 19-th century. He was famous for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society. The story opens with Miss Pinkerton’s Academy for Young Ladies, where Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley have just completed their studies and are preparing to depart for Amelia’s house. Becky is portrayed as a strongvoilled and cunning young woman determined to make her way in society, and Amelia Sedley as a good – natured, lovable though simple minded young girl. Miss Sharp is introduced to Captain George Osborne and to Amelia’s brother Joseph Sedley. Hoping to marry Sedley, Becky entices him, but she fails. Now she enters the service of Sir Pitt Crowley. Her behavior at Sir Pitt’s house gains his favour, and after the premature death of his second wife, he proposes marriage to her. Then he finds she is already secretly married to his 2-nd son, Rawdon Crowley. While Becky Sharp is rising in the world, Amelia’s father, John Sedley, is bankrupted. George decides to marry Amelia against his father’s will. After George dies in the battle Amelia bears him a son, who is also named George. Meanwhile, Becky also has a son, but unlike Amelia, Becky is a cold and distant mother. The reader is informed at the end of the novel that although Dobbin married Amelia, and although he always treated her with great kindness, he never fully regained the love that he once had for her. Rawdon was arrested for debt. Becky, as cocky as ever, sells trinkets at a fair. She is now living well again as her son agreed to financially support her. In this passage the characters are described (…she was an unearthly being in his eyes, superior to his father – to all the world…)The beginning of the text is suggestive of little Rawdon’s position in the house. The author calls the boy...
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