Vanity Fair Research Paper Ideas

Arranged Marriages

With arranged marriages it was only acceptable to marry someone that is within their social class, but to marry someone with a lesser social class is considered marrying beneath oneself. With Rebecca Sharp she had nobody to arrange her marriage.

Since marriages were considered a business deal, only few were actually in love. Although with some they grew to have a bond with deep love.
Queen Victoria arranged marriages for all of her children and most of her grandchildren.

Society and Class

What social class you are in depends on your power, authority, wealth, working and living conditions, life styles, life span, education, religion, and culture. Rebecca Sharp's social status changes through out the novel, Vanity Fair.  


In Vanity Fair each male represents a different version of a gentleman. It could be through wealth and appearances, intelligence and political power, royal blood, or high social ranking.

Masculinity is the masculine ideal of a gentleman.

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