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Sexual Innuendo In William Thackery´S Vanity Fair

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The French and the English are different in many ways. Throughout history the two have been separated by beliefs, life styles, and the different cultures they’ve adapted to. When reading over the semester the first two novels presented to were French and in it the sexual references were known. Not necessarily in an inappropriate manner, but it was acknowledged by the author, whereas the English were a little more subtle with their sexual references. In Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, the reader would have to decipher if certain passages suggests sexual advances. Although the novel carries the famous slogan “a novel without a hero” it can be assumed that Rebecca Sharp is the ...view middle of the document...

His father teases him constantly and his mother is just glad he isn’t in love with an Indian woman. So when Rebecca comes home with Amelia, it is no wonder that Joseph might get a little excited. Add in the fact that Rebecca is a smart woman who sees that marrying Joseph would bring her up in stature, and she begins to flirt with the otherwise dull male. At first Joseph doesn’t respond too much but rather gets embarrassed or drags on and on about India related topics. It isn’t until we see him drink rack punch, which can only be assumed as the 18th and 19th century version of jungle juice that his true personality comes through.; “ ‘Stop, my dearest diddle-diddle-darling,’ shouted Jos, now as bold as a lion, and clasping Miss Rebecca round the waist” (Thackeray 53). Although terms such as “diddle-diddle-darling” have long since been forgotten, the physical act of placing grasping a woman’s waist is a very common sexual advance. History has proven that men for a long time have preferred women with wide hips because they view that as a sign of being able to bare children, so the act of clasping Rebecca’s waist can immediately be viewed as a desire of Joseph’s being presented. It has also been stated by psychologists everywhere that while intoxicated our subconscious projects our true nature and desires, so by being free from his shyness and embarrassment, Joseph feels the freedom to touch Rebecca while simultaneously calling her his darling.
George is Amelia’s sweetheart; their marriage was planned practically from childhood so it is only reasonable that they would end up together. Upon meeting Rebecca George at first doesn’t like her, and that could be seen as him not liking the fact that she was a smart woman. Although Amelia was seen as an innocent and charitable woman in the novel, the idea of her being intelligent was never really presented. So it’s only natural that George would be intimated by an intelligent woman like Rebecca. After leaving the house Rebecca fulfills her own adventure and George and Amelia finally get married. Finally when the war breaks out they’re all joined together again. Upon seeing Rebecca again, George though gets a desire for her. His consistent dancing with her could be a good example of this desire since within that time period dancing was the most intimate physical act two unmarried people could commit in public, however it is after the dancing that George’s real desire is presented. “George went away then with the bouquet; but when he gave it to the...

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