Amelia Background

Amelia Background

Essentially a sentimental novel written by Henry Fielding, Amelia (1751) was the last and perhaps the most intense of his works. Amelia chronicles the life of the eponymous heroine and Captain William Booth post their marriage.

Amelia weaves a tapestry of the themes of marriage and feminine ideals. The most intriguing, and perhaps the most exciting part about the novel is the ambiguity of the commentary of narrator which leads one to wonder what Fielding’s stance on gender issues really was. This is a highly praised novel and one of the seminal works of sentimental literature. Amelia is a story set in London during 1733. It is a domestic novel that relates the tale of the struggles of a newly wed couple.

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