Mai mult Una dintre cel mai cunoscute vedete americane, Reese Whiterspoon, isi uneste fortele cu cele ale celebrei regizoare Mira Nair, pentru a transpune pe marile ecrane unul dintre faimoasele prsonaje feminine - Rebecca Becky Sharp. Noua versiune cinematografica a romanului clasic scris de William Makepeace Thackeray prezinta publicului un personaj de exceptie: este vorba despre frumoasa, pasionala si rapacea Becky. Fiica a unui artist englez muritor de foame si a unei cantarete franceze de cor, Becky ramane orfana de la o varsta frageda. Inca din copilarie, Becky isi doreste o viata luxoasa, mult peste nivelul social caruia ii apartinea prin nastere. Dupa ce paraseste Academia doamnei Pinkerton din Chiswick, Becky se hotaraste sa cucereasca inalta societate engleza prin orice mijloace. Se va folosi de intreaga ei inteligenta, de farmecul si de sexualitatea sa pe masura ce se va impune in arisotcratia engleza de la mijlocul secolului IX.

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By the 18th century, it was generally taken as a playground and, in the first half of the 19th century, more specifically the playground of the idle and undeserving rich. The name " Vanity Fair " has also been used for at least 5 periodicals. Rebecca Sharp "Becky" , daughter of an art teacher and a French dancer, is a strong-willed, cunning, moneyless, young woman determined to make her way in society. After leaving school, Becky stays with Amelia Sedley "Emmy" , who is a good-natured, simple-minded, young girl, of a wealthy London family.

Hoping to marry Sedley, the richest young man she has met, Becky entices him, but she fails. Becky Sharp says farewell to the Sedley family and enters the service of the crude and profligate baronet Sir Pitt Crawley, who has engaged her as a governess to his daughters.

Initially her favourite is Rawdon Crawley, but his marriage with Becky enrages her. Chapter 32 ends with Waterloo : "No more firing was heard at Brussels—the pursuit rolled miles away. The darkness came down on the field and city, and Amelia was praying for George, who was lying on his face, dead, with a bullet through his heart. Dobbin persuades George to marry Amelia, and George is consequently disinherited. George is embarrassed by the vulgarity of Mrs.

Already, the newly wedded Osborne is growing tired of Amelia, and he becomes increasingly attracted to Becky, which makes Amelia jealous and unhappy. He is also losing money to Rawdon at cards and billiards.

At a ball in Brussels, George gives Becky a note inviting her to run away with him. But then the army have marching orders to the Battle of Waterloo , and George spends a tender night with Amelia and leaves. The noise of battle horrifies Amelia, and she is comforted by the brisk but kind Mrs. Becky is indifferent and makes plans for whatever the outcome if Napoleon wins, she would aim to become the mistress of one of his Marshals She also makes a profit selling her carriage and horses at inflated prices to Jos, who is seeking to flee Brussels.

Amelia bears him a posthumous son, who carries on the name George. She returns to live in genteel poverty with her parents, spending her life in memory of her husband and care of her son. Dobbin pays for a small annuity for Amelia and expresses his love for her by small kindnesses toward her and her son.

Saddened, he goes with his regiment to India for many years. Becky also has a son, named Rawdon after his father. Becky is a cold, distant mother, although Rawdon loves his son. Becky continues her ascent first in post-war Paris and then in London where she is patronised by the rich and powerful Marquis of Steyne. She is eventually presented at court to the Prince Regent and charms him further at a game of " acting charades " where she plays the roles of Clytemnestra and Philomela.

The Marquis of Steyne had given Becky money, jewels, and other gifts but Becky does not use them for expenses or to free her husband.

He returns home to find Becky singing to Steyne and strikes him down on the assumption—despite her protestations of innocence—that they are having an affair. Becky, having lost both husband and credibility, leaves England and wanders the continent, leaving her son in the care of Pitt and Lady Jane.

Two girls close up their box of dolls at the end of the story. After twelve years abroad, both Joseph Sedley and Dobbin return. Dobbin professes his unchanged love to Amelia. Amelia is affectionate, but she cannot forget the memory of her dead husband.

Dobbin mediates a reconciliation between Amelia and her father-in-law, who dies soon after. He had amended his will, bequeathing young George half his large fortune and Amelia a generous annuity.

Becky has fallen in life. She lives among card sharps and con artists, drinking heavily and gambling. Becky enchants Jos Sedley all over again, and Amelia is persuaded to let Becky join them. Dobbin forbids this, and reminds Amelia of her jealousy of Becky with her husband. Amelia feels that this dishonours the memory of her dead and revered husband, and this leads to a complete breach between her and Dobbin.

Dobbin leaves the group and rejoins his regiment, while Becky remains with the group. However, Becky has decided that Amelia should marry Dobbin, even though she knows Dobbin is her enemy. Amelia and Dobbin are reconciled and return to England. Becky and Jos stay in Europe. Jos dies, possibly suspiciously, after signing a portion of his money to Becky as life insurance, setting her up with an income.

She returns to England, and manages a respectable life, although all her previous friends refuse to acknowledge her. Emmy and her family encounter Becky by chance at a charity event on the last page of the novel. Not very beautiful, she is frequently ignored by men and women but is well-liked by most men who get to know her because of her personality. This popularity is then resented by other women. After George dies in the Battle of Waterloo , she brings up little George alone while living with her parents.

She is completely dominated by her increasingly peevish mother and her spendthrift father, who, to finance one of his failing investment schemes, sells the annuity Jos had provided.

Amelia becomes obsessed with her son and the memory of her husband. She ignores William Dobbin, who courts her for years and treats him shabbily until he leaves. She eventually marries Dobbin. In a letter to his close friend Jane Octavia Brookfield while the book was being written, Thackeray confided that "You know you are only a piece of Amelia, my mother is another half, my poor little wife y est pour beaucoup".

She is described as a short sandy haired girl who has green eyes and a great deal of wit. Becky is born to a French opera dancer mother and an art teacher and artist father Francis. Fluent in both French and English, Becky has a beautiful singing voice, plays the piano, and shows great talent as an actress.

Without a mother to guide her into marriage, Becky resolves that "I must be my own Mamma". She is extremely manipulative and, after the first few chapters and her failure to attract Jos Sedley, is not shown as being particularly sincere.

Never having known financial or social security even as a child, Becky desires it above all things. Nearly everything she does is with the intention of securing a stable position for herself, or herself and her husband after she and Rawdon are married.

She also uses her feminine wiles to distract men at card parties while Rawdon cheats them blind. She also fails to manipulate Miss Crawley through Rawdon so as to obtain an inheritance.

Although Becky manipulates men very easily, she is less successful with women. She is utterly hostile to Lady Bareacres [34] , dismissive of Mrs. The exceptions to this trend are at least initially Miss Crawley, her companion Miss Briggs, and her school friend Amelia; the latter is the recipient of more-or-less the only kindnesses Becky expresses in the work, persuading her to marry Dobbin in light of what Becky comes to appreciate to be his good qualities and protecting Amelia from two ruffians vying for her attentions.

This comparative loyalty to Amelia stems from Becky having no other friends at school, and Amelia having "by a thousand kind words and offices, overcome The well-meaning Rawdon does have a few talents in life, most of them having to do with gambling and duelling. He is very good at cards and billiards, and although he does not always win he is able to earn cash by betting against less talented gamblers. Not particularly talented as a military officer, he is content to let Becky manage his career.

Although Rawdon knows Becky is attractive to men, he believes her reputation is spotless even though she is widely suspected of romantic intrigue with General Tufto and other powerful men. Nobody dares to suggest otherwise to Rawdon because of his temper and his reputation for duelling. Steyne in particular believes Rawdon is fully aware Becky is prostituting herself, and believes Rawdon is going along with the charade in the hope of financial gain. After Rawdon finds out the truth and leaves Becky for an assignment overseas, he leaves his son to be brought up by his brother Sir Pitt and his wife Lady Jane.

While overseas, Rawdon dies of yellow fever. Somewhat pedantic and conservative, Pitt does nothing to help Rawdon or Becky even when they fall on hard times. Sir Pitt and Rawdon both dote on her, although Rawdon is her favourite nephew and sole heir until he marries Becky.

While Miss Crawley likes Becky and keeps her around to entertain her with sarcasm and wit, and while she loves scandal and particularly stories of unwise marriage, she does not want scandal or unwise marriage in her family.

A substantial part of the early section of the book deals with the efforts the Crawleys make to kowtow to Miss Crawley in the hope of receiving a big inheritance. Since George and Amelia were raised in close company and were childhood sweethearts, George defies his father to marry Amelia.

Before father and son can be reconciled, George is killed at the battle of Waterloo, leaving the pregnant Amelia to carry on as well as she can. Raised to be a selfish, vain, profligate spender, handsome and self-obsessed, George squanders the last of the money he receives from his father and sets nothing aside to help support Amelia.

After marrying Amelia, he finds after a couple of weeks that he is bored. He flirts with Becky quite seriously and is reconciled to Amelia only a short time before he is killed in battle. He defends George and is blind to his faults in many ways, although he tries to force George to do the right thing. He pushes George to keep his promise to marry Amelia even though Dobbin is in love with Amelia himself.

He allows Amelia to continue with her obsession over George and does not correct her erroneous beliefs about him. He hangs about for years, either pining away over her while serving in India or waiting on her in person, allowing her to take advantage of his good nature. He returns when Amelia writes to him and admits her feelings for him, marries her despite having lost much of his passion for her , and has a daughter whom he loves deeply.

Obese and self-important but very shy and insecure, he is attracted to Becky Sharp but circumstances prevent him from proposing. He never marries, but when he meets Becky again he is easily manipulated into falling in love with her.

Becky ensnares him again near the end of the book and, it is hinted, murders him for his life insurance. The first three had already been completed before publication, while the others were written after it had begun to sell. Surviving texts, his notes, and letters show that adjustments were made — e. Woodcut engravings, which could be set along with normal moveable type, appeared within the text.

Vanity Fair was the first work that Thackeray published under his own name and was extremely well received at the time. As a collected work, the novels bore the subtitle A Novel without a Hero. These sometimes provided symbolically-freighted images, such as one of the female characters being portrayed as a man-eating mermaid.



I was expecting a story about the trial and tribulations of a couple of plucky lady friends what I discovered cesertaciunilor a witty, satirical novel that made me laugh several times, engaged my attention always and even moving at times. Which of us has his desire? Balciul desertaciunilor This said, I found two quotes which I liked: Talk about much ado about nothing. Originally published in 19 installments, it felt as if the desetaciunilor was simply trying to multiply words to fill pages. Becky, having lost both husband and credibility, is warned by Steyne to leave the United Kingdom and wanders the continent. She believes the lies of those she trusts in spite of all evidence to the contrary; she ranks her own needs far below those she loves, and basically, she exists to serve the needs of her loved ones.


„Bâlciul deșertăciunilor” de William Makepeace Thackeray


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