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Theme of social realism in Tom Jones

  1. 1. Paper: 2 The Neo-classical Literature Prepared by: Drashti Mehta Roll No:10 P.G.Enrollment No:PG13101021 Seat no:11310009 Sem:1 Email Submitted to: Smt S.B.Gardi Department of English Maharaja Krishnakumarsinghji Bhavnagar University Bhavnagar(Gujarat-India)
  2. 2. Tom Jones _ by Henry Fielding
  3. 3. Henry Fielding • Henry Fielding was born in 1707 to Lieutenat George Fielding and his wife. • History of Tom Jones, a foundling was published in 1749. • Henry died on October 8th of 1754 in Jungueira, near Lisbon.
  4. 4. Characteristics of Tom Jones • When we first meet Tom Jones, he is a Foundling. • A new kind of hero • A common man • The unheroic hero • Born to be hanged • Helpful • With Goodness of Heart
  5. 5. The Theme of Social Realism • • • • • • • Life style Robbers on highways People living in London The role of Institutes Females Politics Society v/s Religion
  6. 6. Life style • The wealth and splendor of the English country side. • The habbit of eating and drinking. • Good deal of vanity and affection, malice and intrigue, destroying it’s peace. • In contrast with London life ,it’s better.
  7. 7. Robbers on highways • The highways were infested with robbers and villains . • Women find difficulties to travel along these lonely roads in the nights. • Picture of the wretched condition of 18th century highways.
  8. 8. The Great City -London • The London Society is morally degenerated. • People can be easily bought to give false evidence even though it might imperil the very life of person. • The people are silly and lustful. • The world of combat-Squire Western is challenged by Lord Fellamar’s messenger and Tom has duel with Mr. Fitzpatrick.
  9. 9. The role of Institute • The Public School Education seems to be unsatisfactory for Squire Allworthy , he decides to arrange private tutors for Tom and Blifil. • Doctors had insufficient knowledge about medicine. • Judges were corrupt in their judgement.
  10. 10. Females • The portrayal of an English woman is presented here. • Woman’s Chastity is the one of the important theme. • The movement to protect the women’s status had already started. • “If money is lost nothing is lost, if Health is lost something is lost, but if Character is lost everything is lost.”
  11. 11. Politics • The situation of England is reflected. • In book VII Tom gets attached to the soldiers. • In book XI, Sophia and Harriet are staying at Inn , the landlords feels that they both wants to go London because they wants to escape from the army.
  12. 12. Society v/s Religion • Molly Seagram's attempt to going to church is symbolically presents the followers of Church who were not real followers of christ.
  13. 13. Thank You Gmail id