Richardson's Education of Mr. B in "Pamela"
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This paper shows that the character, Mr. B, is an example of Samuel Richardson's ideal reader. He is educated by reading Pamela's letters and journal in the same way that Richardson would have his readers learn through his novel. The paper shows that, by the end, Mr. B is the ideal model of a reader's transformation through reading the novel.
From the Paper:"In his novel Pamela, Richardson attempts to educate his readers on morality and the value of virtue. He writes the novel to initially appear as a seduction story which would entice his readers but he is actually teaching a moral lesson in which he wants the idea of being virtuous to be as appealing as the vice expected from the seduction. Mr. B is the typical immoral seducer who is reformed throughout the course of the novel by reading Pamela's letters and journal. He becomes Richardson's ideal reader or model of a reader because he is educated and converted by reading Pamela's description of his actions and her beliefs."
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