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Transcript of Pamela

The debate on "virtue rewarded"
Pamela's publication was followed by discussions and debates in fact the country was divided into Pamelists and anti-Pamelists
Someone thinks that Pamela was a heroine and hers was the triumph of virtue
Others thinks that Pamela was not so much a virtuous girl as she was considered a crafty young lady who tried to climb the social ladder

The triumph of middle class
The book was considered socially dangerous encouraging maids to oppose their master's wishes

Pamela was Samuel Richardson's first work of fiction published in 1740
It is an epistolary novel and most of the letters are written by the protagonist
Pamela was a best seller in the history of English literature and became immensely popular not only in England but also in Europe
The characters write down their thoughts and feelings immediately after an event
The author
Samuel Richardson was born in 1689 in Derbyshire into a lower-middle class family

The story
the story is about a beautiful 15 years old maidservant named Pamela Andrews, whose master, Mr. B, makes advances towards her after the death of his mother (Lady B.). Mr B., who is in love with Pamela, first tries to seduce the girl violently, even "kidnapping" her for 40 days, then he becomes kind and polite and he tries twice to ask for her hand. In the novel's second part, Pamela marries Mr. B and they finally live an idyllic married life
Samuel Richardson
the book in fact puts the values of middle class as opposed to the freer lifestyle of nobles
the novel represents the union of the nobility and the bourgeoisie (middle class)
A psychological novel
Pamela is said to be the first psycological novel because in Richardson stories we can find the heroine's feelings especially about sexual violence and their persecutors
In 1747-48 he wrote a second epistolary novel,

In 1740 he wrote Pamela which was a great success very widely read
He died in London in 1761
His style
He was the first writer to dramatize letter-writing
He uses many devices for making his letters lively and intensely dramatic in fact he combine the
direct speech
detailed description
In his novels he reflected the rise of the middle class and he inaugurated the theme of the
persecuted young maiden
Pamela Andrews
Mr B
Lady B
Reverend WIlliams
Miss Jerves
Pamela refuses Mr B.'s Advances
We can find this letter at the beginning of the novel
Pamela is writing home to tell her parents about the inappropriate advances of Mr B.
First part:
Mr B.
proud, uses many imperatives and strong words
respectful, meek and clever enough to react Mr.B provocations
Second part:
Here is clear Richardson's realism at describing action
The situation is typically melodramatic but the narrative technique is modern
(the scene is told in very realistic and detailed way)
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