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Describe Chracter sketch of hero Joseph Andrews in the novel?
Henry Fielding. He is shown as son of Gaffar and Gammer Andrews in the expository part of the novel. Excellent cudgel player, Joseph Andrews was an apprentice with Sir Thomas Booby on his shire. He was bird keeper
there. His voice was so musical ‘that it rather allured the birds than terrified them.’ He was soon shifter to the dog-kennel."
Andrews, we are presented with a
character that shares a name with
the novel and is assumed to be the
hero of the story. The question
must be raised though, is he truly a
hero. When one thinks of a hero
one usually thinks of a person who
is willing and able to battle against
Fate itself in order to achieve their
ultimate goal. This description
doesn’t really fit Joseph however.
For most of the story it seems like
he is just willing to follow the will
of others without complaint, and
almost every time some ill befalls
him he really doesn’t do much to
avoid it, instead he ends up being
saved time and again by others.
Let’s look towards the end of the
novel where misfortune upon
misfortune seems to befall Joseph.
First, him and Fanny are taken to
court and when they are about to
be sentenced to be exiled from the
parish, Fanny is clearly upset, but
it seems as if Joseph is resigned to
his fate and makes no move to stop
the sentencing, luckily for them
Squire Booby shows up and saves
them. Later when Joseph and
Fanny find out they might be
related, Joseph automatically
accepts the Peddlar’s story and goes
about making plans how he can still
spend his life with Fanny. In fact
the only time we ever see Joseph
react to the circumstances thrust
upon him in any way is when
someone tries to separate him and
Fanny. We see him struggle against
his sister and Squire Booby when
they forbid the marriage, and he
attacks Didapper when he comes on
to Fanny. In the end these actions
seem too little too late, but then
one must remember that this is a
mock-epic, in which case Joseph
would be a mock-epic hero. So, if
that’s the case wouldn’t it go
without saying that the hero should
be almost the exact opposite of
those like Achilles and Odysseus?
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