Первый слайд презентации: VANITY FAIR
By William Thackeray Presentation is made by Kseniya Filio
Слайд 2: ABOUT THE AUTHOR
William Makepeace Thackeray (18 July 1811 – 24 December 1863) was a British novelist, author and illustrator born in India. He is known for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of British society, and The Luck of Barry Lyndon, which was adapted for film by Stanley Kubrick.
Слайд 3: THE TITLE
As we see the title of this story is obscure, because in the title the author uses of one of the most expressive tropes – a metaphor. The catchy title was derived from a reference made in John Bunyan's allegorical story, The Pilgrim's Progress.
Слайд 4: THE GIST
The protagonist seems to have only one goal: achieving a high rank within society and enjoying wealthy and luxury.
Слайд 5: THE THEME
The theme of this story is a relation between people in different kinds of society. The novel also engages with themes of deception and manipulation, as characters attempt to get what they want (often in the face of drastic consequences) by using other characters, either through marriage, business deals, or other means.
THE NARRATION There is a third-person narration; The narrator is omniscient ; Self-described in the preface of the book as essentially a stage manager, the narrator takes the role of someone who is trying to direct the actions of the characters at hand and wishes to critique and improve upon their feats.
Слайд 7: THE USE OF STYLISTIC DEVICES IN THE TEXT
Epithets : “He was a fine open-faced boy …” Graphons : “What mayn’t hear her singing ?”, “Why don’t she ever sing to me …?” Parallelism: “The cook looked at the housemaid; the housemaid looked knowingly at the footman – the awful kitchen inquisition…”
Слайд 8: THACKERAY'S IRONY
He exposes sites of vulnerability in the moral and epistemological premises not only of this particular novel, but of the Victorian realist narrative as a whole. Thackeray's verbal irony undoubtedly works as a device that secures the comic parameters of the satire.
Слайд 9: CHARACTERS
Rebecca “Becky” Sharp She is the most controversial person in Vanity Fair. Throughout the book she seems to have only one goal: achieving a high rank within society and enjoying wealthy and luxury. But in spite of her wickedness and bewitching attacks on rich men she must early experience that life cannot be planned and that setbacks are unpleasant but possible.
Amelia “Emmy” Sedley She is the complete opposite of Rebecca. Not a high social status she longs to conquer but a man with whom she can outlive her romantic feelings. At first it appears as if she has found this specific fellow but the perils of destiny - and also infidelity - ruin her marriage.
Jos Sedley Jos is the Sedley family's established bachelor. His job as collector for the East India Company has made him comfortably wealthy, and he spends money on food and drink until he becomes obese. Despite his financial success, Jos finds his father intimidating, and women in general unnerving. Becky fails to ensnare Jos at first, but finally worms her way into his affections through flattery, his weakness.
George Osborne George, a handsome army captain who can rarely resist a mirror, is the son of a banker, but feels inferior to young noblemen. John Sedley is his godfather, and his betrothal to Amelia has been understood since their childhood. George's loyalty to Amelia is challenged when her family becomes poor, and when Becky's charms attract him. Worse, George looks down on William Dobbin, who has been his friend and protector since childhood, simply because Dobbin is not wealthy.
William Dobbin His last name brings to mind the strength and reliability of a farm horse. A capable, even-tempered man, he thinks before he acts, puts others' happiness ahead of his own, waits patiently for Amelia's love, and helps his friends through one painful situation after another. Over the years he becomes more confident about his place in the world, but he remains too deeply moral and pragmatic to be tempted by the shallow pleasures of Vanity Fair. Although a supporting character, Dobbin comes closer than any other character to being a traditional hero.
Rawdon Crawley He has been his aunt's favorite for years, and for good reason. Although not a particularly intelligent man, Rawdon is charming and easy-going. Strong and athletic, he has many friends among soldiers — his aunt purchased his commission, and he takes quickly to life in the guard. But the traits that make Rawdon such a likeable fellow also leave him vulnerable to Becky's schemes. After he marries her, he loses his aunt's favor, and begins a long slide that ends in virtual exile from England and from his little boy. Yet even Becky recognizes his bravery and selfless loyalty.