It was thus easy for the ‘holy’ classes to condemn the ‘evil’ majority. Such hierarchy demanded that the lower classes were answerable to the classes either directly or further above them. Pamela sought to be an exception to this rule.The third reason why Pamela was so branded is because she was uniquely intelligent. We witness how she keeps a diary dutifully and religiously. For a lady of her age, this was exceptional discipline (Richardson, 2000). To add on to that, she wrote letters regularly to her parents. She even sought for their opinion on issues she had no ready answer for. The case of Mr. B was a good example of such. B proceeded to intercept her letters. In their place, he forged correspondence to suggest that Pamela was having an affair with a poor clergy man. The father, however, knowing his daughters fidelity towards good morals, decided to distrust them.Finally, her bad branding had to do with submission or the lack of it in this case. As a woman she was expected to give in to the urges of a man, let alone a nobleman. When she fails to do so, she is branded so as to drag her name in the mud. However, it is interesting to note that Mr. B later manages to marry her (Richardson, 2000). Who would want to be married to a prostitute? This indeed gives away the fact that the negative tag was perhaps used conveniently to lure her in the first place. The gentry also accept her as one of their own. Even her tormentors, Lady Davers and Mrs. Jewkes also accept her.By and large, Pamela was a lady living ahead of her time. Her values were far more sophisticated for the times she found herself living in. Pamela or Virtue Rewarded.
ReferencesRichardson, S 2000, Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded. New York: Oxford University Press
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