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Monday, February 15, 2010

The Conclusion

"Ah! Vanitas Vanitatum! which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?—come, children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out."

The above quote are the final lines from Vanity Fair. Thackeray goes back to his idea in the preface that no one is truly happy in Vanity Fair. As for those in the novel:

*Becky seems to be happy, as a result of her financial security due to Jos' insurance policy and her stipend from her son Rawdon. Thackeray details how she regularly attends church and gives to charity. However, her pursuits have cost her her husband, her son, and a friend in Amelia. Nevertheless, Thackeray causes us to consider that Becky was right when she states, "I think I could be a good woman if I had five thousand a year."

*Amelia has finally gotten past the death of George and is able to embrace Dobbin as a husband. They have a daughter named Jane, and Amelia is convinced that Dobbin is more affectionate toward Jane than herself.

*Dobbin himself finally has the wife he has wanted for 18 years. Whether she is worthy of his love, he had already questioned earlier in the novel but he does love her and his daughter.

Thus our venture into Vanity Fair has ended.

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