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Tom Jones

Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding is a novel that is identical to a soap opera.This book deals with everything from treachery to lust to deceit.He writes about a man and woman's love for one another and that nothing can stand in their way.Class separates them and they will not let that stop them."Acquired a discretion and prudence very uncommon in one of his lively parts."This is a quote from Squire Allworthy to Tom.
I believe that Fielding's purpose in writing this novel was purely to entertain.He also added stabs at the class society in medieval England.He wrote this novel to inspire hope in the people of his time.He wanted them to go for their dreams and never to give up hope.But most of all this was for entertainment.Humans like to see lives that are in more turmoil than their own.This is why we have soap operas on television today.
He achieves this by using characters that seem to be imaginable.He puts these characters in amazing situations.When the reader believes that they have something pinned he puts in another twist that sends your senses spiraling.A specific instance in the novel is when the reader finds out that Mrs. Waters is actually Jenny Jones who is Tom's mother.He sleeps with Mrs. Waters not knowing this.Fielding does not unveil this secret until the end of the novel.
The major problem in the book is simple.There is a deceitful man named Blifil.He and Tom are going after the same woman, Sophia Western.Blifil is a kaniving person and besmirches the reputation of Tom.He makes up lies that hurt Tom's chances with Sophia.Tom is also a bastard and Sophia’s father does not want her to marry a bastard.But he does want her to marry Blifil because he is in line to inherit a large estate.After arguments and many other incidences the truth is revealed.Everyone finds out that Tom is the good one and Blifil is the bad one.Tom also gets the


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