Becky Sharp (character)


Becky Sharp (character)

Becky Sharp is the anti-heroine of William Makepeace Thackeray's satirical novel "Vanity Fair" (1847–48). A cynical social climber who uses her charms to fascinate and seduce upper-class men, Sharp is contrasted with the clinging, dependent heroine Amelia Sedley. Sharp functions as a picaroon by being a social outsider who is able to expose the manners of the upper gentry to ridicule. Her name ("sharp" having connotations of a "sharper" or confidence man) and function suggest that Thackeray intended her to be unsympathetic, and yet she became one of his most popular creations.


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