Character Development in Henry Fielding’s “Joseph Andrews”

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Essay #: 058756
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Character Development in Henry Fielding's "Joseph Andrews"
Introduction
Examining and analyzing character development in Henry Fielding’s novel Joseph Andrews indicates that Fielding developed his characters through the application of traditional literary techniques such as dialogue, plot, and narration.
Many scenes in Joseph Andrews demonstrate how Fielding uses dialogue in order to develop his characters, while other scenes demonstrate how he advances character development through plot and narration.
Fielding’s use of these literary devices to develop his characters is skillful, but his development of Joseph’s character is the most impressive demonstration of his character development skills, for readers discover as the novel...
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.....racter is central and individualized, an approach that results in psychological development and emotional intensity; for Fielding, plot is central, scenes are brief, and character is generalized. Richardson's identification with the emotions of the main character and with the details of the vulnerable feminine sensibility contrasts with Fielding's comic distance, hyperbole, and masculine extroverted robustness. Richardson overwhelms the reader with details; Fielding preaches and practices selectivity and succinctness. Naturally the two men could not understand each other any more than could Voltaire and Rousseau. But they were, in Fielding's pithy words (which apply to all these twin stars), "Rivals for that Coy Mistress Fame" (Thomas 275).