Tom Jones and "The Man of the Hill" Analytical Essay by Madame Mimi

Tom Jones and "The Man of the Hill"
An analysis of Henry Fielding's "The Man on the Hill" with a discussion of the themes of the story.
# 2234 | 1,830 words | 1 source | 2000 | US
Published on Oct 11, 2001 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison)

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An analysis of how the story of "The Man of the Hill", inserted in Fielding's "The History of Tom Jones", reflects light on the character of the main hero and helps to fulfill Fielding's purpose in revealing and ridiculing the pretensions, affectations and confusions.

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"The Man of the Hill" appears about half way through Fielding's long narrative of The History of Tom Jones. It could be that he is Fielding's tool for saying to the reader, "You"ve stuck with me this far. Trust me. The story of Tom Jones will not end so darkly as does the story of the lonely old recluse on the hill.? Fielding is, in essence, promising that Tom Jones is a much different sort of man, a man worthy of every attention of this providential godly author as well as the continued attention through however many hundreds of pages of his devoted readers. Fielding, in his role as God of the picaresque novel, provides us, in the episode of the Man of the Hill, with one more adventure that allows him to demonstrate the pretensions, affectations, confusions and frailties of humanity and to ridicule his own Creation."

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