Pamela part 2

Pamela part 2 - Perhaps Pamela supports the idea of...

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Perhaps Pamela supports the idea of meritocracy , where those with merit and virtue rise to the top of society Pamela's merit enables her to reform the morally degenerate aristocracy p299, 300. How does Pamela imagine fulfilling the role of wife? Note Mr. B's openness to reform in his wish to "be thought an original" rather than conforming to type (cf. Crusoe) Wedding scene on p375. What will the rest of the novel concern? Part 3: Undermining Pamela's Plot Mr. B's villainy is diminished in retrospect Pamela's suffering is aestheticized, and becomes a work of entertainment. If the 1st half of the novel sees Pamela emerging as a subject (through her writing defining her voice), the second half sees Pamela becoming objectified . Ex: One of Mr. B friends wants to see the reunion for their own entertainment without consideration of Pamela. Ironically, Pamela is more deferential when she's B's wife, than when she was his servant (p309, 313, 337) This complicates the novel's celebration of Pamela's freedom of choice
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