The Illustrations in Vanity Fair

Throughout Vanity Fair, Thackeray includes small illustrations that start the chapter and bigger illustrations that are spread out throughout the novel that give a visualization to the words on the page. However, some of these illustrations do not match up with the text perfectly, sometimes even contrasting them in an apparent manner. Why would Thackeray do this in his novel? The pictures at the beginning of the novel are drawn around the letter that begins the chapter, and usually sets a motif or a tone for how the events will follow. The main discrepancy comes from the much larger pictures that take up half or even full pages. These pictures offer a visual aid to the events that happen, and usually do an apt job at showing the action well. Other times Thackeray will describe an event or the people at the event, and then the picture will contrast that the previous words. One example of this is the picture found on p. 403 in which the Ribbons discovered the fact. Betsy Horrocks is described as, “a black-eyed guilty wench” but then the picture portrays her as a beautiful girl who seems innocent and not guilty. The stark contrast in these pictures makes the reader choose which to follow: the text or the picture.

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