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Picaresque Tradition belongs to Spain and derived from the word “Picaro” which means a rogue or a villain. The Picaresque originally involved. Joseph Andrews as a Picaresque Novel. Topics: Joseph Andrews, Henry Fielding, Don Quixote Pages: 7 ( words) Published: September. Joseph Andrews” can’t be called a regular picaresque novel for Fielding employs elements of this tradition in an exposition of his own theory of the Ridiculous.

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Sometimes this humor is also shown in a slapstick style for example in the head over heels tumbling down of Adams and in the ridiculous fight at the Tow Wouse inn where Mrs.

To conclude, Joseph Andrews amdrews a rather rambling and discursive narrativewhich makes us to believe that it is a picaresque novel. With the arrival of Parson Adam ,the Picaresque journey takes on a humorous tone ,with plenty of force thrown through the satire motif also continues. We’ll occasionally send you account related and promo emails. This style of autobiographical writing is maintained throughout the book.

From book IV onwards satire and realism is more prevalent than he adventure. A picaresque novel presentedin an extravagant style, a series of adventuresand misadventuresmostly on the highways. He adapts the picaresque tradition to his own theory of the novel, which shows the influence of various other literary forms besides the picaresque.

Tow-Wouse forbids her husband to lend him a shirt. Sometimes Fielding introduces a character without a rational explanation of its sudden arrival at a particular place.

The central journey in the Joseph Andrews is not just for the purpose of wandering as it is in a picaresque.

Joseph Andrews as a picaresque novel, picaresque tradition of Joseph Andrews

The travelers meet squires, in keepers and their wives ,landlords and land anxrews, gentlemen and gentlewomen, parsons and their wives, ruffians, postillion, horsemen, coachmen, people in the neighborhood, riest, chambermaids, accountant, gamester, player, poet, philosophers, lawyers, justice, surgeon, beggars, peddlers. The incident gives ample scope to Fielding for satirizing the pretences and affectations of an essentially inhuman society.


Monday, August 06, Or if you need this sample for free, we can send it to you via email. The story is told in a series of ansrews connected adventures or episodes. Last Island Royal Queen of Literature. There is a tug of war going on in terms of emotions between Lady Booby and Joseph who does not want to leave Fanny come what may and lady Booby does not to leave alone Joseph come what may.

Fielding employs here a very lose plot, for his purpose is the depiction of the society and the. Labels Author Biography Bussinees Law. Slipslop takes dvantage of this opportunity to satisfy her ego and yells at the top of her voice as if she is being raped by Didapper is quite hilarious. The travelers meet hunting squires, mean innkeepers, corrupt landladies, drinking parson, philosophers, lawyers nd surgeons, pixaresque, peddlers and robbers and rogues.

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We encourage visitors to the forum to report any objectionable message in site feedback. There are vicious and inhuman squires. As we read the novel we realize as if the author is directly addressing his reader and he is relating the events to us in first person narration.

The overflowing list of adventures, brawls, quarrels, irrelevant and unnecessary events, unexplainable occurrences signify the looseness of the plot and its insignificance in connection to the actual story ut at the same time they are fulfilling the requirement of the picaresque narrative style.

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Wilson and not of Mr. Particular social evils prevalent in the day, and follies and foibles of human nature in general are effectively exposed. The term picaresque has been derived from the Spanish word picaro which means a rogue or a villain. Joseph meets with the first misadventures when he is set upon robber,beaten stripped and thrown into a ditch. They cannot help a poor fellow who is robbed and stripped by the ruffians.


By introducing this gamut of good and bad, virtuous and vicious characters Fielding explores and satirizes the discrepancies in the human affectation and pretences. Maliceselfishness ,vanities ,hypocrisies ,lack of charity ,are all the ridiculed as human follies.

English Literature Notes and Topics on Eng. It is a sober return journey homewards. Then comes the second paradigm of a picaresque according to which the main character is usually of low character or low social class and very witty.

Looseness of the plot is so dominant that it seems as if the 4 whole plot is movel haywire and is following a haphazard path as if one is on a roller coaster ride not in anvrews of speed but in terms of abruptness.

There are no sharp turnings and giving ins to the circumstances at any point in the story for Joseph Andrews and this makes his character a stereotyped one. In his use of this device, Fielding shows how far he has come from the picaresque school.

Andrewz word picaro started to first appear in Spain with the current meaning in Once again kindness and generosity come from an apparently immoral girl, Betty the chambermaid. It is the need that has made him set out even in he darkening hours. Slipslop, Betty, all these women are shown to have the unbridled lust for the opposite sex. Fielding was considerably influenced by Gil Blass and Don Quixote.

Thus he is untouched by the false rules of the society.