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Analysis and Interpretation of Fielding's Tom Jones

A literary analysis and interpretation of the structure, plot, thematic content of the Fielding’s novel “Tom Jones” using the extrinsic approach of literature.

language english
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Table of contents

Introduction 1
Tom Jones: Its Literary Genre 3
An Overview 6
The Work: Structure and Synopsis 7
The Work’s Thematic Content and Literary Significance 22
Some Points of Consideration in Analyzing the Work 24
References 30

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ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF FIELDING’S “TOM JONES” Introduction Tom Jones is the masterwork of one of the great creators of the modern novel. Its plot has been praised as one of the most perfect in world literature. It is for reason such as these that “a mere novel” has been selected for inclusion in the Great Books of the Western World. Like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Cervantes’ Don Quixote, this book is full of humor, rich in characters, and presents a graphic portrait of the life and actors, and presents a graphic portrait of the life and society of the times. Fielding’s novel keeps the itinerant character of the old picaresque chronicle. We follow Tom Jones along the roads of eighteenth- century England, stop with him in the wayside inns, accompany him to London, and share his encounter with various provincial and city characters and levels of life. But Fielding has given us something far more than a picaresque tale of adventures along the road. The adventures carry forward and complicate the plot and theme of the story. The characters that are encountered are connected ...

... there any discernible principle in his variation between the two methods in particular passages? Does he ever resort to subtle hints and allusions to convey implications of the story?

Do the introductory chapters at the beginning of every book add something essential to the book, or do you think they are out of place in a work of fiction?

What do you think of Fielding’s style? Is it enjoyable to read? Does it illuminate meanings? Does it add to your appreciation of the uses and virtues of the English language? Is it archaic, anachronistic, too “dated” for the present- day reader?
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