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Samuel Richardson writes in the Preface of Pamela Or Virtue Rewarded that the novels main purpose lies in its ability to give practical examples worthy to be followed in the most critical and affecting cases by the virgin the bride and the wife Richardson 31 I would argue that underneath Richardsons seemingly innocent novel of moral instruction lies a political instruction book for advancing the middle class As a member of the middle class Richardson wants to reduce the rights of the aristocracy and to advance the rights of the middle class In order to advocate the promotion of the middle class Richardson writes Pamela In Pamela Richardson portrays the middle class as pure virtue and the aristocracy as the epitome of amoral Pamela representing the middle class proves through her virtue and mettle that she deserves the privileges of the upper class more than Mr B who only obtained the aristocratic rights through birth Pamela instructs her readers on how to rise in social status by describing her personal journey from servant to aristocrat By rebelling against the aristocracys unrighteous behavior Pamela gains the admiration of Mr B and a position in society Through Pamela Richardson demonstrates that rebelling against the aristocrats proves both virtuous and rewarding In Letter XI Pamela describes to her parents the situation in the summerhouse where Mr B forces sexual advances upon Pamela After Mr B forces several kisses onto Pamela she cries I wont stay 55 Mr B then asks Do you know whom you speak to 55 Pamela replies that yes she does know to whom she speaks and she will step out of her social class through her speech because he stepped out of his social class when he forced his kisses on her In the summerhouse scene Pamela uses language in order to place herself in a higher social class While still keeping the language of obedience to
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