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William Makepeace Thackeray

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vanity-fair-william-makepeace-thackeraySources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Thackeray: The Life of a Literary Man by D.J. Taylor, Victorian WebCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Narrator, Chapter 67 hich of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?ThemesLies & PretenseBecky and other social climbers ably con their targeted patrons.The Price of AmbitionBecky feels justified in hurting people to get what she wants.Rule breakers like Becky flaunt norms that hinder them.Ladies & GentlemenSon of a low-ranking aristocrat; excluded from his familys inheritance for marrying BeckyRawdon CrawleyPassive young woman waiting to be taken care of; devoted to George despite his dishonestyAmelia SedleyHandsome, vain dandy; marries Amelia, falls for Becky, and squanders his moneyGeorge OsborneCharming, sexy schemer; marries Rawdon but ensnares other men for their wealthBecky SharpMain CharactersA critical and popular success, Vanity Fair was the first work Thackeray published under his real name. Before writing his masterpiece, he burned through a sizable inheritance, studied law in London and art in Paris, and became a successful journalist under pen names such as Fitz-Boodle and The Fat Contributor.WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY1811–63AuthorDisappointed by her marriage, Becky manipulates her way up the social ladder.See and Be SeenRuthless Becky Sharp sets out to gain social status and wealth through marriage.Marry UpBecky Sharp, driven by a desire to transcend her dismal origins, will use every tool she has—cunning, beauty, and heartlessnessto claw her way up the social ladder. Those who know her find her charming, but they also often suffer the collateral damage of her schemes.By Hook or by CrookOVERVIEWAfter some setbacks, Beckys deceit pays off, and she gets the life she wants.Living in Vanity FairEnglishOriginal Language1847–48Years PublishedWilliam Makepeace ThackerayAuthorVanity FairSatireNovel

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