Picaresque Tradition belongs to Spain and derived from the word “Picaro” which means a rogue or a villain. The Picaresque originally involved. Joseph Andrews as a Picaresque Novel. Topics: Joseph Andrews, Henry Fielding, Don Quixote Pages: 7 ( words) Published: September. Joseph Andrews” can’t be called a regular picaresque novel for Fielding employs elements of this tradition in an exposition of his own theory of the Ridiculous.

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Thursday, June 07, He adapts the picaresque tradition to his own theory of the novel, which shows the influence of various other literary forms besides the picaresque.

However, the picaresque motif helps Fielding to fulfill nivel aim of ridiculing the affectations of human beings. The different strata of society can be represented through the picaresque mode.

The travelers meet squires, innkeepers, landladies, persons, philosophers, lawyers and surgeons, beggars, pedlars and robbers and rogues.

Particular social evils prevalent in the day, and follies and foibles of human nature in general are effectively exposed. Malice, selfishness, vanities, hypocrisies, pocaresque of charity, all are ridiculed as human ahdrews.

The picaresque originally involved the misadventure of the rogue-hero, mainly on the highway. The writer got the opportunity to introduce a large variety of characters and events.

The hero wanders from place to place encountering thieves an drogues, rescuing damsels in distress, fighting duels, falling in love, being thrown in prison, and meeting a vast section of society.

The opportunity of representing a large andrewz of society gave the author the power of exploring the follies of the widest possible range of humanity.


As the hero meets a novdl of characters from the country squire to the haughty aristocrat, from hypocrite to ill-tempered soldiers, the writer is able to introduce with the least possible incongruity, the saint and the sinner, the virtuous and the vicious.

The writer has a chance to present the life, culture and morality prevalent in his time, and to satirize the evils.

Joseph Andrews as a picaresque novel, picaresque tradition of Joseph Andrews

Fielding acknowledged his debt to Cervantes, whose Don Quixote is the best known picaresque novel in Spanish. Like the Don and Sancho Panza, Parson Adams and Joseph set out on a journey which involves them in a series of adventures, some of them burlesque, at several country inns or rural houses. Like the Don, Parson Adams is a dreamy idealist.

The central journey in Picaresqud Andrews is not mainly a quest for adventure as it is in the picaresque tradition. It is a sober return journey homewards. It is in Chapter 10 of Book I that the picaresque element enters the novel, with Joseph setting out in a borrowed coat towards home. The picaresque tradition is maintained uptil the end of Book III. Joseph meets with the first misadventure when he is set upon by robbers, beaten, stripped and thrown unconscious into a ditch.

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A passing stagecoach and its passengers very reluctantly convey Joseph to an inn. The incident gives ample scope to Fielding for satirizing the pretences and affectations of an essentially inhuman society. Once again kindness and generosity come from an apparently immoral girl, Betty the chambermaid. With the arrival of Parson Adams, the picaresque journey takes on a more andres tone, with plenty of farce.


She is rescued by Adams in proper picaresque-romance style with hero. We also have the interpolated storieswhich belong to the picaresque tradition. In his use of this device, Fielding shows how far he has come from the picaresque school.

To conclude, Joseph Andrews has a rather rambling and discursive narrativewhich makes us to believe that it is a picaresque novel. BB code is On.

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