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Homework Help: English

Posted by Franco on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 6:43am.

Thank you very much for your invaluable help. I wrote a few more paragraphs on Richardson's Pamela I hope you can check, too.(the parts in brackets)

1)Pamela is (was) written in epistolary form, that is in the form of letters exchanged between Pamela and her parents. In particular, most letters are written by Pamela herself and a few by her parents. (Is the definition clear?)
2)The epistolary novel, telling a fictious story based on real life, was meant for a new middle class (?) reading public, that had not been interested in books before.
3) It reflected (?) the fashion of letter-writing of the period and was later taken up by other foreign writers such as Ugo Foscolo an Wolfgang Goethe.
4) As proper of this kind of novel (? how can express this?) Richardson places himself in the role of an editor, arranging and publishing, without comment, a series of thirty-two letters followed by a long journal which Pamela herself wrote while cut off (isolated, I need a synonym?) from her friends at B-Hall.
4) In the first part of the novel Pamela writes letters to her parents speaking about her moral problems and asking for advice. In the second part Mr B imprisons her in his country house. Here Pamela continues writing but she is not sure her parents will ever receive her letters.
5) The features of the use of this technique are as follows.
6) First of all, it is important to point out (?) its immediacy. As stated by Richardson himself, this kind of writing allows the reader greater access to the character’s inner world. The reader is actually taken inside the minds of the characters and is invited to share their innermost thoughts, feelings and moods.
7) Then, the characters introduce one another using letters instead of speech, and the action is made up by a series of scenes with no general summaries.
8) As the letters are written in first-person, they provide different individual points of view on the same event, which can be fully explored.

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