Vanity fair is an english novel by william makepeace thackeray which follows the lives of becky sharp and emmy sedley amid their friends and families during and after the napoleonic warsit was first published as a 19 volume monthly serial from 1847 to 1848 carrying the subtitle pen and pencil sketches of english society reflecting both its satirisation of early 19th century british society . At vanity fair tells the story of bunyans powerful metaphor exploring how vanity fair was transformed from an emblem of sin and persecution into a showcase for celebrity wealth and power this literary history focusing on reception adaptation and influence traces the fictional representation of vanity fair over three centuries from john bunyans masterpiece the pilgrims progress 1678 . One of the most famous set pieces in john bunyans the pilgrims progress 1678 is the episode at vanity fair the trial of christian and faithful brings to mi. Just as bunyan reinvented the puritan fair scenario in jonsons bartholomew fair thackerays vanity fair misremembered bunyan suppressing or bypassing the puritan inheritance of the mid 19th century to illustrate the relationship between thackeray and bunyan milne quotes from professor john elliss description of turning novels . Though the name vanity fair comes from john bunyans pilgrims progress thackeray uses the concept in a very different way from bunyan for bunyan vanity fair comprises all the worldly activities which distract the christian from salvation and lead to damnation they are vanities for this reason at risk is the christians immortal soul
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