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Rape or attempted rape the words alone turn my stomach I find no comedy in the subject as I am sure most would agree with me That however was not the norm a couple of centuries ago in fact it is the subject of the article Feilding and the Comedy of Attempted Rape by Susan Staves Rape is a difficult subject for both the reader and the law that governs it Even today woman find it hard to testify in court and only since DNA testing can we be positive of who the true rapist is Susan starts off by telling us in the world of comic romance of the 18th century chastity is safe from violation That sets us up for the reality of this oxymoron Safes maybe from rape but not the violence that accompanies such a horrible act or attempted act We are informed that Henry Feilding was a pretty popular writer of his time with several successful comic romances to claim to his fame Hence the title of this article We learned quickly that Mr Feildings female heroine Fanny is attached and almost raped several times five to be accurate in a couple of his books We are also made aware that these attempted rapes have many meanings and hidden reasons aside from the obvious criminal act by todays standards We are lead to believe that these attempts signify the desirability of the character In other words she is so attractive that men cannot help them selves so they resort to attaching and attempting to rape Fanny The article implies that this lack of rape of Fanny mirrors society ideal that virtues woman should never be completely violated and were somehow always saved by noble caring strong men These men who saved Fanny were heroes and capable of single handedly saving a womans virtue and chastity This is c omic because the villains try their hardest to entangle with these
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