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Vanity Fair
     

Vanity Fair

3.5 36
by William Makepeace Thackeray
 

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As the manager of the Performance sits before the curtain on the boards and looks into the Fair, a feeling of profound melancholy comes over him in his survey of the bustling place. There is a great quantity of eating and drinking, making love and jilting, laughing and the contrary, smoking, cheating, fighting, dancing and fiddling; there are bullies pushing about,

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Vanity Fair 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bring back the classics. We need them. Vanity Fair is one of Thackeray's most brilliant works that can compete with the best writings today. It deals principally with the lives of two young women, Miss Sedley and Miss Sharp and what they did after leaving school. It is about their loves, their ambitions, their terribly endearing families and most importantly, their dreams. The book openly and almost brutally describes the selfishness of human nature and the thousand little subtilities of everyday life during that time. Attitude towards women, status in society, the power of money and marriage are recurring themes in this delightful novel. Extremely unique characters like Miss. Crawley, Mr.Osbourne and Captain Dobbin give the book a splendid Dickensian touch. To me, it is an excellent read because like terrorism, it really makes you stop and take a step back.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Name: Jessica Rogers | age: about 16 | looks: long, wavy, dark brown hair. Brown eyes. Somewhat tan with a little bit of freckles. Somewhat feminine build. 5'2, so definitely not very tall. | Personality: usually upbeat and smiling, and can easily get nervous. Daydreams a lot. Open to talking to anybody at almost any time. | Likes: music, comic books, reading, truth or dare, and actually pretty much anything. | Dislikes: People who are either full of themselves or can't seem to do anything but flirt. Also, she's really scared of frogs and toads. | Status: straight and single | other: claustrophic, can't dance, and is sometimes self conscious
Anonymous 16 days ago
Name:Jefferson Alexander Clark. Goes by Jesse. <br> Looks: One purple eye, one green one. He has sandy blond hair and a beach tan. His attire is usually tattered jeans and a slightly burnt t-shirt. <br> Pets: A grey cat named GLaDOS, a bearded dragon named Robert and a raven named Nevermore. <br> Fears: Chinchillas send him into a nervous panic. <br>Talents:Punching killer clowns in the face. Cosplay. Gaming. Chilling c; <br>Hobbys: Cosplay and Caring for his pets and hanging out with friends. <br> Accsesorys: Will be explained if he has any.<br>Sexuality:Straight <br>Gender:Male <br>Other: Just ask
Anonymous 16 days ago
Hair: Carmel, doen to her waist, naturally in loose curls. <p> Eyes: Grey, very pretty <p> Age: 17 <p> Looks: she mainly wears crop tops, t-shirts, flannels, for shirts, high waisted skinny jeans or joggers for pants, then many different shoes. She has full, soft lips btw. <p> Likes: making friend, cooking/baking, bad puns, hiking, swimming, etc. <p> Dislikes: clowns, bullies, etc. <p> Sexuality: Straight/Single :p <p> Other: just ask, peace ^~^
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Table of contents should be hyperlinked and under "content" tab so it is actually functional. Titles are off and words somtimes mispelled. Book itself is good.
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Vanity Fair is a thought provoking novel that highlights hypocrisy in high-class society. The story follows the lives of main characters, Amelia Sedley, and Rebecca Sharp, as they battle real troubles that plagued most women of the time. The novel highlights how these troubles change the perception of characters, as well as the changes in the characters themselves. Each character seems to face a different conflict; however, most of these problems are either character vs. society or character vs. character. Amelia is a fortunate, woman who has never had to work much for anything. Her kind disposition makes her seem very na&#239;ve and child-like. She is a compassionate character with a delicate heart. The youthful girl finds a sister in Becky, an attachment that she later grows to regret. Ultimately, Amelia learns that life can be cruel and unjust, but the people who truly care for her will always be by her side. Although the author states that the novel has no hero, Rebecca is often referred to by the author as the heroine of the story. She starts off as the poor orphaned daughter of an unrecognized artist, and must do anything she can to gain respect in high-class society. Becky can make friends and enemies quite easily. She will do what ever it takes to make a name for herself; however, some of her methods may seem unconventional. Becky's merciless grab for power is first noted in her attempt to find a husband. Of course, in Vanity Fair, a woman is only as respected as the man she marries. Becky spends a lapse of time with Amelia's family while waiting to be transported to Queen's Crawley. Here, she is introduced to Amelia's wealthy brother, Joseph. Becky commanded his attention, and nearly had his proposal for marriage, sadly, she had to take leave for her job as a governess. This is the first event that makes up the rising action of Vanity Fair. Later, Becky's employer, Sir Pitt Crawley, makes astonishing revelations to Becky. It is at the time of these announcements that she reveals shocking news of her own. Her announcement marks the second rising action of Vanity Fair. The climax, however, does not occur until long after this important point of the story. I found Vanity Fair to be very entertaining novel that gives a very strong statement about all of society. Thackeray captures the bitter betrayal of trust that exists between friends. His account of Becky's manipulating nature is stunning. This is shown when the author tells of how Becky knowingly controlled the heart of Amelia's husband. He truly poisons the mind with the idea that women- often thought to be delicate and genteel- are not only vain and manipulative, but also have the capacity to be brutally cruel to each other. The author often leaves it up to the reader to make conclusions and inferences. For example, towards the end of the novel, a certain death leaves the reader questioning the cause. The holes in his story are made up by his occasional commentary on certain events that have occurred. I also enjoyed that Thackeray uses historical events in his text. His account of the battle of Waterloo and the following years gives the reader a better sense of time elapsing. This novel may not be for everybody. I found it to be very entertaining, but the Thackeray's cynical satire and irony may not appeal to everyone. Overall, Vanity Fair is an enjoyable, stimulating novel.
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