History Literature / VanityFair

21st May '17 11:32:52 AM nombretomado
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William Makepeace Thackeray's ''Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero'' (1847-48) is a multiplot novel tracing the varied fortunes of the charming (but vicious) Becky Sharp and her sometime friend, the beautiful (but blank) Amelia Sedley. During the Napoleonic era, the novel's many characters travel throughout Europe--fighting battles, scheming, and looking for cash. As the title suggests, the novel satirizes the social and sexual pretensions of a thoroughly dissolute High Society. The reader meets adulterers, gamblers, and con(wo)men of every description, only some of whom get their rightful comeuppance. Although readers, both in the [[VictorianBritain Victorian Era]] and since, have sometimes found Thackeray's treatment of Amelia to be [[{{Glurge}} gushingly sentimental]], ''Vanity Fair'' can be exceptionally hardheaded in its attacks on moral hypocrisy and romantic cliches. The subtitle may be ironic, but it's also serious: even the honest soldier William Dobbin, who is the closest thing the novel has to a moral center, [[KnightInSourArmor doesn't end the novel unscathed.]]

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William Makepeace Thackeray's ''Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero'' (1847-48) is a multiplot novel tracing the varied fortunes of the charming (but vicious) Becky Sharp and her sometime friend, the beautiful (but blank) Amelia Sedley. During the Napoleonic era, the novel's many characters travel throughout Europe--fighting battles, scheming, and looking for cash. As the title suggests, the novel satirizes the social and sexual pretensions of a thoroughly dissolute High Society. The reader meets adulterers, gamblers, and con(wo)men of every description, only some of whom get their rightful comeuppance. Although readers, both in the [[VictorianBritain [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain Victorian Era]] and since, have sometimes found Thackeray's treatment of Amelia to be [[{{Glurge}} gushingly sentimental]], ''Vanity Fair'' can be exceptionally hardheaded in its attacks on moral hypocrisy and romantic cliches. The subtitle may be ironic, but it's also serious: even the honest soldier William Dobbin, who is the closest thing the novel has to a moral center, [[KnightInSourArmor doesn't end the novel unscathed.]]
21st Oct '15 11:23:59 PM PaulA
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5th Sep '15 4:00:52 PM nombretomado
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* HollywoodCostuming: When Thackeray was drawing his illustrations to the story, which is, of course, set in the [[NapoleonBonaparte Napoleonic]] era, he appended a note to the text explicitly stating, "I have not the heart to disfigure my heroes and heroines by costumes so hideous," (!) and so clothed them in the fashions of the years of the novel's serial publication (1847-1848).

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* HollywoodCostuming: When Thackeray was drawing his illustrations to the story, which is, of course, set in the [[NapoleonBonaparte [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte Napoleonic]] era, he appended a note to the text explicitly stating, "I have not the heart to disfigure my heroes and heroines by costumes so hideous," (!) and so clothed them in the fashions of the years of the novel's serial publication (1847-1848).
4th Feb '15 11:44:46 AM XFllo
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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Series/LifeOnMars2006 Phil]] [[AshesToAshes Glenister]] plays Dobbin in the BBC miniseries.



* SelfMadeMan: Plays out in an interesting way with the Osbournes', Sedleys', and Dobbins' backgrounds. The Osbournes made their way into society the earliest in the novel's past, and really hate people remembering that they ever worked for their money. Thus, George's father betrays Amelia's father when his financial situation sours, and George is contemptuous of Dobbin for being new money.
* ShrugOfGod: In a famous interview, Thackeray was asked if [[spoiler: Becky murdered Jos.]] Thackeray's response? "I don't know."

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* SelfMadeMan: Plays out in an interesting way with the Osbournes', Sedleys', and Dobbins' backgrounds. The Osbournes made their way into society the earliest in the novel's past, and really hate people remembering that they ever worked for their money. Thus, George's father betrays Amelia's father when his financial situation sours, and George is contemptuous of Dobbin for being new money.
* ShrugOfGod: In a famous interview, Thackeray was asked if [[spoiler: Becky murdered Jos.]] Thackeray's response? "I don't know."
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* SpoiledSweet: Subverted with Amelia, who is sweet but also very gullible and selfish.
26th Jan '15 9:30:15 PM reconditarmonia
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted with Becky but played straight(ish) with Amelia. Dobbin looks horsey, but is the most noble character in the novel -- in fact, the subtitle can be taken to mean both that the novel has heroines and that Dobbin doesn't look the way a hero "should."

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted with Becky but played straight(ish) with Amelia. Dobbin looks horsey, but is the most noble character in the novel -- in fact, the subtitle can be taken to mean both that the novel has heroines and that Dobbin doesn't look the way a hero "should."novel.
23rd Apr '14 11:56:02 PM Trippetta
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* MisaimedFandom: Plucky and resourceful she may be, but Becky is also two-faced sycophant who is indifferent about whom she hurts in her social climbing.
23rd Apr '14 11:55:05 PM Trippetta
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* MisplacedFandom: Plucky and resourceful she may be, but Becky is also two-faced sycophant who is indifferent about whom she hurts in her social climbing.

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* MisplacedFandom: MisaimedFandom: Plucky and resourceful she may be, but Becky is also two-faced sycophant who is indifferent about whom she hurts in her social climbing.
23rd Apr '14 11:52:40 PM Trippetta
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* MispacedFandom: Plucky and resourceful she may be, but Becky is also two-faced sycophant who is indifferent about whom she hurts in her social climbing.

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* MispacedFandom: MisplacedFandom: Plucky and resourceful she may be, but Becky is also two-faced sycophant who is indifferent about whom she hurts in her social climbing.
23rd Apr '14 11:49:22 PM Trippetta
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* DoggedNiceGuy: Poor Dobbin.


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* MispacedFandom: Plucky and resourceful she may be, but Becky is also two-faced sycophant who is indifferent about whom she hurts in her social climbing.
16th Dec '13 7:46:53 AM alnair20aug93
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Not to be confused with the FashionMagazine with the same name.



* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Amelia is terrified of the bed she has to share with her husband.
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